Croatians will visit the polls on Sunday in a tight presidential race that is going to be a significant devaluation of the nation’s conservative government, days before it takes on the EU’s rotating presidency for the first time.
The 3 front-runners are polling near one another and analysts consider the victor will be determined in a runoff on 5 January because no single candidate is expected to win with the vast majority of votes.
Grabar-Kitarovic, Croatia’s first female president, is notorious for flirting with all the extreme right whilst also trying to depict herself as an easy-going people’s president that does not shy away from acting in her passionate support to the Croatian soccer team in the World Cup in 2018.
Her primary competition is Milanovic, who’s supported by the liberal resistance. Outspoken and populist in fashion, Milanovic has accused the ruling party of corruption and of turning Croatia toward right-wing nationalism from the previous several decades.
Also in the race is nationalist pop-folk singer Skoro, a right-wing offender who’s trailing near both other front-runners.
He’s thought to be chipping off the right-wing votes against Grabar Kitarovic. Skoro stated that he would pardon a convicted war criminal when he wins, fueling nationalism coming in the 1991-95 war which erupted after Croatia divide from the former Yugoslavia.
The rest of the applicants include former judge Mislav Kolakusic and many others.