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FILE PHOTO: Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic arrives for the second day of the European Union leaders summit dominated by Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo
ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia will hold its presidential election on Dec. 22, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday.
The election will pit the incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, candidate of the ruling center-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), against the candidate of the Social Democrats and former prime minister Zoran Milanovic. Two independent candidates also have solid support in the polls.
The job is largely ceremonial. The president cannot veto laws but has a say in foreign policy and defense.
Reporting by Igor Ilic; Editing by Toby Chopra