Analysis 17 May 17

Croatia Braces for Local Elections amid Growing Crisis

Besides establishing local administrations, upcoming Croatian elections are also expected to indicate the biggest winners and losers in Croatia's growing political turmoil.

Sven Milekic
BIRN
Zagreb
Andrej Plenkovic - in search of a majority in the parliament. Photo: BETAPHOTO/HINA/Lana SLIVAR DOMINIC/DS

Croatia's voters are set to enter polling stations on May 21 to vote in a ballot, the importance of which stretches far beyond the election of political representatives in municipalities, cities and counties.

Elections come amid a series of political crises which have shaken the local political scene, including the breakup of the ruling coalition made up of the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, and the Bridge, of Independent Lists, MOST. There was also a subsequent split within the main HDZ party and the downfall of Croatia’s biggest private company Agrokor.

This turmoil has significantly weakened the Croatian government which currently holds a fragile parliamentary majority thanks to independent and opposition MPs.

In this situation, local Croatian elections may directly impact the forming of the new governing majority in parliament or could result in early parliamentary elections, analysts said.

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