Josipovic wins Croatia's presidential election runoff

08:20, January 11, 2010      

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Croatia's Social Democrat Ivo Josipovic won the country's presidential election runoff Sunday, the National Elections Commission said Monday.

Ivo Josipovic, presidential candidate of Croatia's Social Democrats, casts his ballot at a polling station in Zagreb January 10, 2010. Croats voted for a new president on Sunday, with an opposition candidate who promises to back the government's reform and anti-corruption drives well placed for victory. Josipovic, a 52-year-old law professor and composer who convincingly beat 11 candidates in the first round on Dec. 27, has held a solid lead in opinion polls over maverick Zagreb mayor Milan Bandic.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The official result showed that Josipovic had garnered 60.29 percent of the votes, compared with 39.71 percent for independent candidate Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic.

Josipovic, a 52-year-old lecturer in criminal law and a classic music composer, vowed that if he is elected president he will wage an "uncompromising fight against corruption" and to achieve Zagreb's goal of joining the EU in 2012.

Croatia held its presidential election on Dec. 27, 2009. Since none of the 12 candidates garnered the 50-percent support required for an outright victory, the top two vote-getters were set to face each other in the runoff on Jan. 10 this year.

The incumbent President Stjepe Mesic will be in his post in February after serving the maximum two five-year terms.

The presidential vote is the fifth since Croatia claimed independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.

Source: Xinhua

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