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US News Croats vote in tight legislative elections in the shadow of the virus

06:40  05 july  2020
06:40  05 july  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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The vote comes as the Adriatic country is hurtling towards its worst economic crisis in decades, with the pandemic choking the crucial tourism sector even When the elections were first called in late May, the centre-right HDZ was hoping to profit from its relative success in containing the virus , recording

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Affiches électorales à Zagreb, le 2 juillet 2020 © Denis LOVROVIC Election posters in Zagreb, July 2, 2020

Croats vote on Sunday to give the helm to a new government which will have to face the economic fallout from the coronavirus in when a spate of contaminations puts outgoing Conservatives under pressure.

The election promises to be tight between the HDZ in power which faces a coalition of center-left, with in ambush a nationalist folk singer.

Neither Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic's HDZ nor the “Restart” coalition led by the Social Democrats (SDP) of Davor Bernardic seem to be able to win an absolute majority of the 151 seats of deputies, according to polls.

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The vote comes as the Adriatic country is hurtling towards its worst economic crisis in decades, with the pandemic choking the crucial tourism sector even When the elections were first called in late May, the centre-right HDZ was hoping to profit from its relative success in containing the virus , recording

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Une affiche électorale du parti au pouvoir HDZ avec le slogan: © Denis LOVROVIC An electoral poster of the ruling HDZ party with the slogan: "heroes are revealed during crises", July 2, 2020 in Zagreb

The "Patriotic Movement" of Miroslav Skoro, popular and populist singer, could therefore find yourself in the position of arbitrator.

Uncertainties about the future dominate while the Croatian economy, highly dependent on tourism, is expected to shrink by almost 10%, the worst contraction in decades.

"The new government will in fact (....) have to work on the economy because autumn is here," says Vesna Trnokop, a 60-year-old economist. "Everyone is afraid of what will happen in the fall."

Une affiche électorale du Parti social-démocrate (SDP), la principale force d'opposition, promet: © Denis LOVROVIC An electoral poster of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the main opposition force, promises: "Croatia without corruption", July 2, 2020 in Zagreb

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Andrej Plenkovic, 50, hopes that the gloomy times ahead will encourage voters to remain loyal to a party in power since 2016.

"We must make serious choices and not quackery", said the Prime Minister. "Croatia does not need experiments like with Bernardic or Skoro".

The ruling party also highlighted its relative control of the health crisis. With around 110 dead and 3,000 infected, the Balkan country, a member of the European Union, has avoided the explosive scenarios seen elsewhere.

But for the past two weeks, after almost zero or even zero assessments, a few dozen contaminations have been listed daily as at the initial peak.

Davor Bernardic, 40, accused the government of "deliberately endangering Croatia" by deciding to hold the elections during the pandemic.

The recent arrest of a former HDZ egg operator suspected of abuse of power and of bribes may also harm the party's chances when several ministers had to resign because of suspected corruption.

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Miroslav Skoro, who could seduce the right wing of the conservative party disappointed by the moderate policies of Andrej Plenkovic, claims meanwhile to be "the only guarantor of change".

The 57-year-old singer, who won 20% of the votes in the last presidential election, sends back to back the SDP and the HDZ, "guarantee of bad governance".

The conservative party, and to a lesser extent the SDP, have dominated Croatian political life since independence in 1991.

- Mass emigration -

An investigation published Friday by Nova TV puts the conservatives and the center-left side by side, with respectively 52 and 51 seats. In third position is the 18-seat "Patriotic Movement", followed by the ultra-conservative Most (pont) and Mozemo (We can do it!) A coalition of the greens and left parties, with nine and six seats.

Neither the conservatives nor the center-left are in a hurry to forge an alliance with the nationalist candidate, who is accused by the SDP of sexist remarks and nostalgia for the past ustasha pronazi of Croatia.

But analysts say the HDZ may have no other choice if it wants to form the next government.

In the meantime, many Croats want things to change in a country which is experiencing massive emigration due to low wages and corruption.

"These elections are very important," said Branka Tekavec, a 76-year-old retired teacher. "A lot has to change. We don't focus enough on the Croats who are leaving, on unemployment and low wages for young people."

About 3.8 million voters are called to the polls between 05:00 and 17:00 GMT. Results are expected late in the evening.

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Legislative in Croatia: the outgoing Prime Minister's conservatives in the lead .
Andrej Plenkovic's conservatives win according to the first results, but they will have to negotiate a coalition with the populist right. © Supplied by Euronews Andrej Plenkovic may well keep his Prime Minister's chair. After the legislative elections in Croatia, his conservative party came first. According to exit polls, the HDZ would win 61 out of 151 seats in parliament. No majority, therefore, but an alliance with the nationalist right is looming.

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