Croatia to hold parliamentary election on 5 July

The future government will have an uphill task to spark a recovery in the economy, hit by the COVID-19 crisis

The President of Croatia Zoran Milanovic

The President of Croatia Zoran Milanovic called on Wednesday a parliamentary election for 5 July, a statement issued by his office reads. The election will pit the ruling centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) against the top opposition Social Democrats (SDP) party, which is trailing slightly in opinion polls.

Neither party is, however, expected to win an outright majority, so a coalition government with smaller parties is almost certain.

According to the latest opinion poll, the HDZ has the support of around 30% of voters, while the SDP would get around 28%. The third force is a nationalist and eurosceptic block around the Domovinski Pokret (Homeland Movement) party led by a popular singer, Miroslav Skoro, which is supported by some 10% of voters.

The future government will have an uphill task to spark a recovery in an economy that is expected to shrink 9.4% this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and its strong negative effect on tourism, which accounts for almost 20% of Croatia’s output.

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