Croatia's presidential runoff kicks off

15:55, January 10, 2010      

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Croatia's presidential runoff kicked off on Sunday, which pits Ivo Josipovic of the main opposition Social Democratic Party and the independent Zagreb mayor Milan Bandic.

Latest polls showed that, Josipovic, a law expert and classical music composer, appears to be ahead with 18 percent support.

Croatia held its presidential election in December, in which none of the 12 candidates garnered the 50-percent support required for an outright victory.

Incumbent President Stjepan Mesic steps down in February after serving the maximum two five-year terms.

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

Source: Xinhua
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