Following Election, Divided Government In Croatia

Jan. 11, 2010, midnight

President-elect Ivo JOSPOVIC on Monday said he would cooperate with a center-right government to complete European Union (EU) accession talks within six months. His plans to bring Croatia into the EU would require reforming the judiciary, selling state enterprises, and tackling corruption. JOSPOVIC defeated runner-up and independent candidate Milan BANDIC by more than 20 points in second-round Presidential elections last weekend. Twelve candidates ran in the December 27 first round to succeed incumbent President Stjepan MESIC, who was term-limited. JOSPOVIC represents the Social Democratic Party, which leads the opposition in Parliament.

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