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Croatia's Conservatives set to win most seats in parliamentary elections

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Croatia's Conservatives set to win most seats in parliamentary elections
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The Conservative Croatian Democratic Union – or HDZ – is set to get the most seats in the country’s parliamentary elections.

But lengthy coalition horsetrading seems to be on the cards, with voters once again not returning a clear governing majority.

The Social Democrats are on course to come second.

“What I can guarantee, what I want and why I engage myself is that the next Croatian government will be stable, for the benefit of Croatian citizens, to be European-orientated, just as our friends recommended to us these days,” said Andrej Plenkovic, HDZ leader.

The centre-right Most party is the likely kingmaker in this election, the second in a year after a government formed in November collapsed.

But it could be difficult for any party to build a coalition with a clear mandate for carrying out painful public administration reforms.

Croatia has one of Europe’s weakest economies and is under pressure to tame debts and boost growth.