Turbulent second round in the race for Pantovcak

Turbulent second round in the race for Pantovcak

Zagreb, December 30, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Marija Avramovic

“What we must not do is to give legitimacy to Croatian democratic union (HDZ) and Social democratic party (SDP). We cannot give legitimacy to the people who were arresting us and are destroying this country. Do not vote or write my name as third”, Ivan Sincic called last night voters to protest in the second round of presidental elections.

The two candidates who did not pass into the second round of elections, Sincic and Milan Kujundzic, were in the program of Croatian Radio Television on one of the most important elections in the last few years.

Kujundzic did not say who would he vote in the second round, even though he said there would be a change at the Presidential Palace.

“Changes begin with Pantovcak, continue with parliamentary elections and then the government. It is necessary to regulate the country, the fight against corruption is required, equality against the law for all, democratic and demographic renewal”, he stressed.

Due to the tight results in the first round, the second round of presidential elections in Croatia could take place amongst a climate of severe political confrontation between the two candidates.

Current president Ivo Josipovic in previous discussions deftly managed to distance himself from failed economic policies of the SDP, but he had difficulties in presenting his future program.

Josipovic’s program “The Right Way” is based on constitutional amendments that should set the framework for radical reforms of public administration and the transformation of the state towards the strengthening of democracy, economic and sustainable development of Croatia. But he still has not provided a convincing answer why he did not encouraged this change already in his first term.

On the other hand, his opponent Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic with her program “For a better Croatia” emphasises her role as savior of the country from the economic crisis, even if many are warning her that this is the government’s role, not the president’s.

It will be difficult for the HDZ candidate to avoid the burden of the fact that she occupied a ministerial post in the first cabinet of Ivo Sanader, who led the two most corrupt of the Croatian governments.

Given that the surveys were completely mistaken in the difference between the first two candidates because all the time they were giving Josipovic an advantage of about 10%, which eventually melted in just a little more than one percent, and that Sincic, whom the polls predicted less than 10%, won 17% of the vote, make it clear that on January 11 the game will be played up to the last vote.