Foreign election media: Kolinda failed to win the far right



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Foreign election media: Kolinda failed to win the far right



Numerous international media outlets write about the Croatian presidential election, which was won by SDP candidate Zoran Milanovic.

Recall that, according to 99.85 percent of the votes counted, Zoran Milanovic won 52.70 percent of the vote, and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic 47.30 percent.



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AFP reports that former Prime Minister Milanovic has advocated for a tolerant Croatia that will turn the page from “past wars”, while Grabar-Kitarovic failed to win the votes of the radical right. The election showed the rise of the far right in a country facing “migrant pressure at the borders” and struggling with “endemic corruption and massive population exodus,” AFP said.

AFP: Voters elect “normal Croatia”

Voters chose the “normal Croatia” promised by Milanovic, ahead of “authentic Croatia” Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, AFP reported.

#BREAKING Incumbent conservative defeated by leftist in Croatia presidential vote, according to exit poll pic.twitter.com/CetcqCXDBw

– AFP news agency (@AFP) January 5, 2020

“Croatian elections: Social Democrat Zoran Milanovic defeats incumbent president in second round of voting”, headlines a news story published by French Euronews. It cites early results with about 50% of the vote count, according to which Milanovic received 54% of the vote and President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic 46%. Meanwhile, the gap narrowed slightly, to about 53% for Milanovic and 47% for Kolinda.

The result is a blow for ruling conservatives as Croatia holds the rotating EU presidency before parliamentary elections later this year. The president will be a key figure during the six-month presidency. It is also alleged that the atmosphere at Milanovic's headquarters was enthusiastic, and Milanovic thanked supporters and volunteers on Facebook before declaring victory.

Euronews: Rare victory for the Left in Central Europe

France's Euronews, which partly reports the Associated Press, also adds that Milanovic's victory is a rare victory for the Left in central Europe, where populists and conservatives have been winning elections in recent years.

“Croatian Opposition Candidate Leads in Presidential Election: Preliminary Results,” Reuters news headline states that after 54% of votes counted, Milanovic received as many votes, while Kolinda received 46%. It is said to be a largely ceremonial function, but it has an impact on foreign policy, defense and security issues.

Bloomberg: Colinda nurtures the image of a diplomat traveling the world

Bloomberg News reports the left-wing challenger defeated the right-wing president in a highly tense election, with 53% to 47% of the vote. An earlier Bloomberg article, published before polling stations closed, stated that frustration over corruption and ambition for deeper EU integration could rebalance policy in the latest EU member state.

In the campaign, Kolinda nurtured her image of a “diplomat traveling the world”, but in the campaign she was burdened with ties to “the mayor of Zagreb surrounded by scandals.” It also sought to attract voters who wanted Prime Minister Plenkovic to turn the HDZ toward a nationalism that “has taken root in Eastern European EU countries such as Poland and Hungary.”

Deutsche Welle: Kolindi has lost a huge advantage in six months

Former Prime Minister Milanovic, on the other hand, was counting on the “left-wing platform to reject extremism in favor of inclusiveness”. And in that calculation he was obviously right.

Deutsche Welle writes that Milanovic won the second round with a bigger margin than expected, and that Grabar-Kitarovic lost a huge advantage over the past six months, in parallel with a fall in HDZ ratings and a rise in SDP in polls.

Al Jazeera also writes that the polls predicted Milanovic's triumph, but with a smaller difference of votes, and points out that Kolinda “struggled to unite the divided right.”

German SPD representative congratulates Milanovic

The election was also commented on by some European politicians and commentators. Former Swedish Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and current Director of the European External Relations Council Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter earlier tonight that, according to exit polls, Grabar-Kitarovic lost in her competition for a second presidential term.

Exit poll points at sitting Croatia president Grabar-Kitarovic of HDZ party being defeated in her bid for a 2nd term. Ex-PM Milanovic of SDP is indicated by polls as winner. More firm results in some hours. pic.twitter.com/cPj2fBAbYQ

– Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) January 5, 2020

“Two Croatian presidents who lost the election for a second term: Josipovic – he had principles but decided not to care anymore. Grabar-Kitarovic – had a puppeteer, but he lost his job,” commented a sociologist at University College London. Eric Gordy.

Two presidents of Croatia who lost reelection:
Josipovic – had principles but decided he was no longer interested in them
Grabar-Kitarovic – had a puppetmaster but he lost his job

– Eric Gordy (@EricGordy) January 2, 2020

And German SPD MP Simon Vaut congratulated Milanovic on his victory on Twitter.

Congratulations! Social Democrat Zoran Milanovic is the new President-elect of Croatia. In today's Presidential election, he defeats incumbent center-right President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic with 52.6% vs. 47.4%. https://t.co/sNGC0MbNON pic.twitter.com/Ieor0hceZF

– Simon Vaut (@simonvaut) January 5, 2020

Foreign election media: Kolinda failed to win the far right

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