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Croatia's conservatives win vote, coalition talks ahead

Monday, November 09, 2015 - 01:26

Croatia coalition talks are likely to follow after the conservative opposition win more seats in parliament but not enough to form government. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Supporters of Croatia's conservative opposition cheer, after partial election results reveal their victory. But results also show a failure to gain parliamentary majority, and lengthy coalition talks are expected to follow. Tomislav Karamarko - the leader of the Croatian Democratic Union, the HDZ - reassured his party, saying they were now in a position to lead. (SOUNDBITE) (Croatian) CROATIAN DEMOCRATIC UNION (HDZ) LEADER, TOMISLAV KARAMARKO, SAYING: "This victory puts us in position to take responsibility for leading the country, a country which is in a difficult state." The elections are the first since the country joined the European Union two years ago. The new government will have two major issues to deal with - nurturing economic recovery after years of recession, and managing the thousands of migrants streaming through to reach other parts of Europe. The HDZ favours a tough stance - they want strict border controls and say the ruling centre-left government has been soft and ineffectual. Outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic says his party deserves another chance, having proved it can kickstart economic growth. But conservative victory shows economic concerns amid the migrant crisis are still rife. Since mid-September, almost 34,000 migrants have passed through Croatia, one of the poorest in the EU. Few of them stay.

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Croatia's conservatives win vote, coalition talks ahead

Monday, November 09, 2015 - 01:26