Croatia’s first woman president wins 50.74 pct of votes

The winner of Croatia’s presidential election on Sunday, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, has won 50.74% of the vote, while outgoing President Ivo Josipovic has won 49.26%, according to the results from 99.98% of polling stations, the State Election Commission said on Monday.

Grabar-Kitarovic won 1,114,865 and Josipovic 1,082,430 votes.

The turnout was 59.06% and 32,435 ballots were invalid.

Croatia’s first woman president won 91.11% of the vote abroad, while Josipovic won 8.89%. A total of 37,028 expatriates voted at 92 polling stations, with Grabar-Kitarovic winning in 28 and Josipovic in 19 countries. In Indonesia, Israel and Ukraine they won the same number of votes.

Grabar-Kitarovic won the most votes in the countries with the largest Croatian communities – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany and Australia – as well as in Slovenia, Montenegro, Italy and Hungary. Of the neighbouring states, Josipovic won only in Serbia, mustering 54.03% of the vote. In Bosnia, Grabar-Kitarovic won 93.80% and in Germany 94.12% of the vote.