By: Nadeemy Haded
Today, Croatian voters vote in a second round of the presidential elections, whose results cannot be predicted due to the intense competition between the two candidates who reached the second round.
The outgoing conservative president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovich, who is seeking the support of the right-wing nationalist to win, is competing with her opponent, former Social Democrat Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, who poses a serious challenge to her.
A poll indicated that the former prime minister had advanced three points, but also revealed that 13% of voters were still hesitant.
The poll also revealed the rise of the radical right in a country facing the pressure of migrants on its borders, and like its neighbors in the Balkans, the emigration of its residents and endemic corruption.
Grabar Kitarovich won 27 percent of the vote in the first round. She hopes her calls to "the federation" will suffice to convince the electorate. She presents herself as the head of a family like the others and emphasizes her humble origins.
As for her opponent, who won a third of the votes in the first session, he is trying to deny charges of insolence and elitism. He condemns the concept of "authentic Croatia", considering it dangerous. In the first round, he benefited from the support of voters in cities and the division of the right.
Voting will take place from 6:00 to 18:00 GMT, with the results announced within an hour of polling stations closing.
The second round of these elections comes days after Croatia takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union, which is supposed to manage the post-Brexit era.
The presidency in Croatia is largely an honorary position.