Croatia ruling party heading for election win without majority: Exit poll


Croatia ruling party is projected to win Wednesday’s parliamentary election but with fewer seats than before and without a majority, according to an Ipsos exit poll published on local Nova TV.

Quick Facts

  • Croatia’s governing HDZ party is projected to win 58 seats in the 151-seat parliament, less than the 66 it previously had.
  • The opposition coalition led by the Social Democrats (SDP) is expected to win 44 seats.
  • The right-wing Homeland Movement was set to come third with 13 seats.

The ruling HDZ party in Croatia is projected to secure 58 seats in the parliament, fewer than its previous 66, as per the Ipsos exit poll. On the other hand, the Social Democrats (SDP) are anticipated to secure 44 seats, with the right-wing Homeland Movement poised to come in third with 13 seats.

Croatians voted in large numbers in the parliamentary election following a contentious campaign between the incumbent prime minister and a populist president. Turnout by 4:30 pm was 50.6 percent, indicating significant participation compared to the last parliamentary election. Polling stations closed at 7 pm local time.

The election outcome, if verified, could lead to a period of political instability in the European Union member state as parties aim to establish alliances with factions holding differing political views. The confrontation between conservative Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and left-wing populist President Milanovic has occurred against a backdrop of corruption, a labor shortage, high inflation, and irregular migration.


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