January 5, 2000 |
The electoral defeat of Croatia's old-guard nationalists was so crushing that the landslide surprised even the winners, who are now under heavy pressure to turn the corruption-riddled country around quickly. A center-left coalition's victory over the ruling Croatian Democratic Union, or HDZ, on Monday means that the new government has to move immediately to clean up the legacy of graft and hard-line nationalism of late President Franjo Tudjman, said political analyst Josip Kregar.
December 13, 1993 |
Bullet-riddled buildings and abandoned streets and regression to a peasant lifestyle spoke louder than any campaign poster in persuading Ankica Milobratovic that Sunday's election in the disputed Krajina region marked a time for compromise. Like other Serbs tired of suffering for the nationalist goal of being united in one country, the 34-year-old Milobratovic said she so yearns for an end to war and hardship that she can even imagine once again living under Croatian rule.
June 16, 1997 |
The man who until recently was the mayor of this Serb-held city could not find his name on the voter registration list Sunday when he went to cast his ballot for president of Croatia. Nor could hundreds of other Serbs trying to vote in an election that appeared certain to return Croat nationalist leader Franjo Tudjman to the presidency.
January 24, 2000 |
Voters are hoping to complete Croatia's quiet revolution today with the choice of a new president from three front-runners with one promise in common: Whoever wins must surrender much of his power. The election to replace Franjo Tudjman, who died of cancer Dec. 10, comes three weeks after voters threw his Croatian Democratic Union government out of power in a stunning rejection of old-style nationalism and authoritarian rule.
February 19, 2000 |
As church bells chimed and an enthusiastic crowd cheered, Croatia's new democratically elected president was sworn in Friday in a brief but emotional ceremony that marked a rare success story in the troubled Balkans. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joined presidents, prime ministers, diplomats and dignitaries from nearly 50 nations to applaud President Stipe Mesic's inauguration.
August 3, 1992 |
Croatian President Franjo Tudjman, whose militant nationalism led his country to a declaration of independence from Yugoslavia and a subsequent war with Serbia that has reduced Croatian territory by nearly a third, appeared to be winning another term as president Sunday. The electoral commission reported that with about 6% of the vote counted, Tudjman, with 57%, led his closest rival, Drazen Budisa, by 36 percentage points in the presidential race.
May 21, 2001 |
In a serious blow to Croatia's new, pro-Western government, the nationalist party of the late President Franjo Tudjman did much better than expected in local elections, leading in several counties and finishing second in Zagreb, the capital. Opinion polls before the election suggested that Tudjman's party was bound to lose its remnants of power. But partial results for 12 of 21 counties released by the state electoral commission showed Tudjman's party leading in eight of them.
April 14, 1997 |
Widespread irregularities prevented many Serbs from voting in national elections in Croatia on Sunday, in a flunked first test of U.S.-backed plans to lead the last rebel enclave in the Balkan country back to Croatian rule. Voting was so chaotic in Eastern Slavonia, a Serb-held enclave in the eastern corner of Croatia, that U.N. officials first ordered polls to stay open an extra two hours Sunday night and then for nine more hours today.
April 7, 1997 |
Inside an elementary school polka-dotted by artillery fire, Croatian Serb voters took a last stand Sunday against the inevitable: the return of this Serb-held enclave to Croatian rule. "If it's possible, I would like to stay--my home and children and grandchildren are here," said 63-year-old Savo Colovic, who joined other Serbs in approving a largely symbolic referendum calling for, in effect, a degree of political autonomy.
August 4, 1992 |
Serbian military forces have set up concentration camps in Bosnia where non-Serb civilians are systematically tortured and killed, the Bush Administration said Monday, confirming accounts that are hauntingly reminiscent of the atrocities of Nazi Germany. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the U.S.