Presidential elections in Croatia are close to a logical conclusion. So far, the opposition candidate Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is taking leading positions in the second round.
After counting 80% of the voting papers, a spokeswoman for the center-right Croatian Democratic Union party is gaining 50.44% of the vote.
The current president, Social Democrat Ivo Josipovic, claiming to get the second five-year term as head of state, is receiving 49.56% of the vote.
After the first round, which took place December 28, Josipovic was in the lead with a small margin. In case of victory Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will be the first female president of Croatia.
Previously, she was a part of the government as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for European Affairs. Also she was NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Affairs.
It is to be recalled that the summer of 2013 Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union after twenty-two years after declaring independence from Yugoslavia after four years of war.