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Croatia: Economic crisis key issue in presidential vote

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Croatia: Economic crisis key issue in presidential vote

<p>Croatians go to the polls on Sunday to vote for their next president, an important role which permits a say in foreign policy and intelligence but that does not permit veto powers. The head of state is also the head of the armed forces.</p> <p>The current leader of the EU’s newest member is Ivo Josipovic. He is supported by the ruling Social Democrats and is seen as the frontrunner. </p> <p>Josipovic’s main rival is Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic from the conservative Croatian Democratic Union (<span class="caps">HDZ</span>).</p> <p>She is a former foreign minister, ambassador to Washington and <span class="caps">NATO</span> official.</p> <p>The other two candidates are:<br /> Milan Kujundzic, the founder and president of the right-wing populist Croatian Dawn non-parliamentary party and Ivan Vilibor Sincic, a eurosceptic who was nominated by an activist organisation called Zivi Zid, which fights to prevent evictions.</p> <p>The main concerns for Croatians are the country’s economy and the high unemployment rate. The former Yugoslav republic has been in a recession for the past six years.</p>