Croatia to hold parliamentary elections on July 5

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-21 00:13:11|Editor: huaxia

ZAGREB, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Croatian President Zoran Milanovic called on Wednesday for parliamentary elections to be held on July 5, said a statement issued by his office.

The Croatian parliament, whose term is scheduled to end in autumn, was dissolved on Monday.

According to the latest polls, the biggest conservative party in the country, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), which has been leading the coalition government since Oct. 2016, would receive around 30 percent of the vote if the elections were held on Wednesday and is slightly ahead of the Social Democratic Party (27.8 percent).

The third strongest option in the country is the right-wing Homeland Movement that was recently formed by popular singer Miroslav Skoro.

Skoro was a candidate in the Dec. 2019 presidential election, when he finished third, just two percentage points behind former president and HDZ candidate Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

The July election will be the tenth parliamentary vote since Croatia gained independence in 1991. There are 151 seats in parliament, 140 deputies are elected from ten constituencies in the country, eight are elected by members of the national ethnic minorities and three are elected in a special constituency by Croatians living abroad. Enditem