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Croatia prepares for weekend presidential poll

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Croatia prepares for weekend presidential poll


On paper, it looks to be in the bag for Croatian presidential wannabe Ivo Josipovic. With the country voting on Sunday, the law professor remains firmly ahead in opinion polls. An opposition Social Democrat, he solidly beat his rival and ex party colleague Milan Bandic in the first round ballot.

But with support from the powerful Roman Catholic Church, Zagreb Mayor Bandic, running as an independent, has been making something of a comeback.

For many in Croatia the priority is revitalising the economy, hit hard by the global recession.

Jobs and an opportunity to make a living are what matter to fruit seller Stef Zagorec, 50. “Everything else is irrelevant,” he said.

But Croatia does have another concern and that is joining the European Union. Both candidates hope they will lead their country into the bloc within the next two years.

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