On 5 July the Republic of Croatia held its elections amidst the coronavirus pandemic also not withstanding new infections in the country are increasing rapidly. The elections also came at a time when the Croatian economy has been deeply plunging since global outbreak of the deadly virus.
In earlier opinion polls, the ruling party Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) had been ranked above its main competitor the Social Democrats (SDP). Additionally, the opinions polls claimed neither of the two seems to have the ability to govern on their own.
Senior political analysts are of the opinion that the two major parties may join hand and form government together rather than doing the same with the minor parties.
While speaking to his supporters earlier in the week, Prime Minister and leader of HDZ Andrej Plenkovic said experience in public service is one key attribute which the incoming leader of the country should possess.
“At these challenging times both for public health and the economy Croatia deserves to be led by experienced and responsible people,” said Plenkovic.
The top competitors of the Prime Minister are SDP leader Davor Bernardic and popular musician Miroslav Skoro who came third in the opinion polls with around 10% support.
Both the Prime Minister and the SDP leader garnered over 30% support according to the opinion polls.