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Croatia in crucial presidential runoff

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Croatia in crucial presidential runoff


Croatia’s presidential runoff is far from a foregone conclusion, despite the apparent popularity of opposition Social Democrat candidate Ivo Josipovic.

The law professor and composer romped to victory in the first round in December on an anti-corruption ticket.

The 52-year-old is currently running at between 52 and 55 per cent in the polls picking up support from mainly urban and liberal voters.

The vote is crucial as the winner will guide the country through EU accession talks in the hope of joining the bloc in 2011.

However, his only rival for the post, Zagreb mayor Milan Bandic, is gaining ground after picking up the backing of the country’s powerful Roman Catholic Church.

Bandic, known for his populist policies, cites Zagreb’s revamped public services as his greatest achievement and vows to do the same for the country…if elected.

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