Government has called the presidential election for December 22nd. All candidates will need to submit ten thousand signatures to the State Electoral Commission to qualify for the poll.
Zagreb Mayor and the Chairman of the Labour and Solidarity Party, Milan Bandić, announced today that his party will back the presidential candidacy of incumbent Kolinda Grabar Kitarović. Bandić said that during her first mandate the incumbent president had successfully strengthened Croatia's international position and promoted unity and social inclusion. "With the incumbent president we know where we stand and Croatia does not need to gamble on something new and untested."
In a clear shot at the SDP candidate, Zoran Milanović, Bandić argued against giving worn out politicians another chance. "Just like we don't need some kind of experiment, we also don’t need to revisit the past, return to something old and take a few steps backward."
Milanović, who led the SDP to a relative win at the 2011 elections for Croatian Parliament and held the post of prime minister from December of 2011 until January of 2016, was forced to step down as SDP Party Chairman in November of 2016 following a string of election losses. However, on the strength of a faction of loyal supporters from within the SDP, incumbent party chairman Davor Bernardić has agreed to back his candidacy.