The world economic crisis and growing social discontent are the dominating issues as Croatians vote in local elections. The ruling conservative coalition is likely to remain the strongest political force, as even local elections deal with national themes. However, with the next general election still two years away, analysts say today’s vote may have little bearing on the next national parliament.
Prime Minister Ivo Sanader cast his vote in Zagreb, and he called on everyone to do their democratic duty and help shape Croatia’s future. These are the fifth local elections since Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The Prime Minister said today is important because voters include those born since then. The Social Democrat opposition is led by Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic.He is expected to keep his post despite a string of corruption scandals and the perception that, having been born in neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina, he is an outsider.