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Croatia announces presidential election to be held on December 22

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Croatia announces presidential election to be held on December 22
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Croatia will hold the first round of its presidential elections on December 22, the country's prime minister has said.

Andrej Plenkovic made the announcement on Thursday during a government session.

While the prime minister is Croatia's main power in government, the president does have a say in foreign policy and defence issues.

Despite this, the presidential role does not have a hand in vetoing the country's laws.

In the upcoming election, the incumbent president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) will be up against a candidate from the Social Democrats and Croatia's former prime minister Zoran Milanovic.

A recent opinion poll saw Grabar-Kitarovic taking the lead with 29% of the vote, while Milanovic polled at 24%.

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