Politics

Monday, 31 May 2021

Tomašević Calls on Zagreb Residents To Participate in Decision-Making

May 31st, 2021 - Zagreb's new mayor Tomislav Tomašević said in his first address as mayor-elect on Sunday that residents of Zagreb had put trust in his ability to run the city, calling on them to participate in decision-making on the city's development. "Thank you, Zagreb! Thank you for your trust, hope, your belief that a true change is possible. Thank you for a clear mandate for a real change. Thank you for believing in me, in yourselves, and all of us," Tomašević said in the address at his campaign headquarters at the Museum of Contemporary Art. "We will do our best…
Monday, 31 May 2021

Ivica Puljak Elected Split Mayor

May 31st, 2021 - The new mayor of Split is Ivica Puljak of the Centre party, who by 10.30 p.m. won 35,565 votes, according to data released by the State Electoral Commission (DIP). Addressing the public in his campaign headquarters, Puljak told citizens that all of them had won, both those who had voted for him and those who hadn't and that he would do everything to justify their trust. He told them to stand by them as they had before and congratulated his opponent Vice Mihanović (HDZ), who had previously congratulated Puljak on his victory. Speaking about the campaign, he…
Monday, 31 May 2021

Plenković: HDZ Absolute Winner Of Local Elections

May 31st, 2021 - Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Sunday evening that his party was the absolute winner of the local elections after the outcome of both rounds of voting showed that the HDZ won in 15 out of the 20 counties and in three out of the six biggest cities. Addressing the press in the HDZ campaign headquarters after the second round of the elections on Sunday evening, Plenković said that the unanimous opinion of the HDZ leadership was that "the HDZ is the absolute, colossal winner of these local elections." "We won 15 out of the…
Sunday, 30 May 2021

SDP Candidate Filipović Winner of Runoff for Rijeka Mayor

ZAGREB, 30 May, 2021 - Marko Filipović of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) will be Rijeka mayor for the next four years, according to first unofficial results of the runoff. With ballots from 94% of polling stations counted, the candidate of the SDP-HSU-IDS-HSS coalition won about 55% of the vote, while his opponent, independent candidate Davor Štimac, received 45%. Filipović expressed his satisfaction with the results and said that "Rijeka has proved that social democracy lives in Rijeka, that it has lived and that it will live for the next four years". Asked whether he offered any changes compared to…
Sunday, 30 May 2021

New Osijek Mayor Says Victory Convincing, No Room for Euphoria

ZAGREB, 30 May, 2021 - The HDZ's candidate for Osijek Mayor, Ivan Radić, who on Sunday won runoff elections in that eastern Croatian city, said that his victory was a convincing one but that there was no room for euphoria and that he would get down to work and project implementation immediately after taking office. Preliminary results, collected from all 117 city polling stations, show that Radić won 15,526 votes and his rival, independent candidate Berislav Mlinarević, backed by the Homeland Movement and Bridge, 9,241 votes. "I have talked to (outgoing) Mayor Ivica Vrkić, the transfer of duties will be performed as…
Sunday, 30 May 2021

Jandroković: HDZ Winner in 15 Counties

ZAGREB, 30 May, 2021 - Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Sunday evening said that the HDZ won the elections in 15 out of the 20 counties. After the State Election Commission (DIP) started publishing incomplete results after the second round of the local elections, Jandroković said that the outcome of both rounds of the elections showed that the HDZ had county prefects in 15 counties. He expressed satisfaction with the results showing that the HDZ candidates for county prefects defeated the incumbents in Varaždin and Bjelovar Counties as well as in Lika County. He elaborated that…
Sunday, 30 May 2021

Preliminary Results: Tomašević, Puljak, Filipović in Lead, Radic New Osijek Mayor

ZAGREB, 30 May, 2021 - According to preliminary election results released by the State Election Commission (DIP) at 8.20 pm on Sunday, Tomislav Tomašević is in the lead in the race for Zagreb mayor, Marko Filipović is leading in Rijeka and Ivica Puljak in Split, while Ivan Radić has won the elections in Osijek. After ballots from 67% of the polling stations in Zagreb were counted, Tomašević, the candidate of the We Can!, Zagreb is Ours, New Left, Orah and For the City parties is leading convincingly, with 66.9% of the vote, ahead of his rival Miroslav Škoro of the Homeland Movement,…
Sunday, 30 May 2021

DIP Incomplete Results: Incumbents in Lead in Vukovar, Dubrovnik, Sisak, Zadar

ZAGREB, 30 May, 2021 -  According to first results released by the State Electoral Commission (DIP) at 8 p.m., the current mayors in several cities took the lead in the mayoral runoff on Sunday. Thus, independent candidate Ivan Penava was in the lead ahead of Nikola Mažar of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) , with 4,542 to 3,982 votes. In Varaždin, Neven Bosilj of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) was ahead of the current mayor, independent candidate Ivan Čehok. The current mayor of Dubrovnik, HDZ's Mate Franković, was also in the lead ahead of Pero Vićan of the Dubrovnik Democratic Assembly (DDS). In Sisak,…
Sunday, 30 May 2021

Zagreb Local Elections 2021 Analysis: No "Ideological Referendums", Strictly Freedom And Solutions Wanted

May 30, 2021 - Following the turbulent public debate of the Zagreb mayor candidates that ended with Tomislav Tomašević winning the capital of Croatia, TCN reporter Ivor Kruljac brings you the Zagreb Local Elections 2021 Analysis, concluding that Zagreb is a city open for all ideologies but in constant search of quality solutions. It's official – Tomislav Tomašević (seen on the lead image) is the new mayor of Zagreb, the 54th in a row when you look through Zagreb's history.   As a brand new chapter in Zagreb's local politics is turned, many are still uncertain about whether the former mayor…
Sunday, 30 May 2021

Polling Stations Opened for Second Round of Local Elections in Croatia

ZAGREB, 30 May, 2021 - All the 5,496 polling stations were opened at 7 a.m. on Sunday throughout Croatia for the election runoffs for mayors of 57 cities and 87 municipalities as well as for the prefects of 14 counties. The State Electoral Commission (DIP) will release the first results of today's voting on its website at 8 p.m.  The ballots from 90% of polling stations should be counted by 10 p.m. During the second round of voting, 3,231,000 citizens are eligible to vote. The two candidates who received the highest number of votes in the 16 May elections in their constituency are…
Sunday, 30 May 2021

Janša: Slovenia and Croatia Making Joint Efforts to Expand Space of Freedom

ZAGREB, 30 May, 2021 - Prime Minister Janez Janša said in Zagreb on Saturday that Slovenia and Croatia were two countries with similar histories and that nowadays "they are fighting together for the expansion of Europe and for all its parts to be free." On Saturday evening, Janša arrived in Zagreb to attend a special concert in the Croatian National Theatre (HNK) on the occasion of Croatia's Statehood Day, observed on 30 May. In reference to the early 1990s when his country and Croatia gained independence, Janša said that "those were the times of huge risks and courage both for Slovenia…
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