December 22, 1999 |
Croats will choose a new president Jan. 24 to replace the late Franjo Tudjman, officials said Tuesday. Tudjman, who had led Croatia since its 1991 independence from Yugoslavia, died Dec. 10, two years before his term was to end. Tudjman, 77, failed to groom a successor despite widespread speculation in the past three years that he had been suffering from terminal stomach cancer. Premier Zlatko Matesa announced the January election date Tuesday.
November 25, 1999 |
Bracing for the worst, parliament Wednesday paved the way for transferring some essential powers from ailing President Franjo Tudjman. Tudjman's doctors acknowledged that the leader's condition was grave, and a key aide said he was fighting for his life. A constitutional clause on temporary incapacity of the president was supported by 85 deputies, giving the motion the necessary two-thirds majority in the 127-seat legislature.
February 8, 2000 |
Populist politician Stipe Mesic won Croatia's presidential election and immediately pledged to overturn the nationalist policies of previous head of state Franjo Tudjman. The country's electoral commission said early today that Mesic had won 56.21% of the vote in the second-round runoff ballot, compared with 43.79% for Social Liberal party leader Drazen Budisa.
January 4, 2000 |
Ending a decade of authoritarian rule by the party of late President Franjo Tudjman, Croatian voters Monday chose an alliance between Croatia's former Communist Party chief and a onetime dissident. Tudjman's once-powerful Croatian Democratic Union, or HDZ, conceded defeat early today after partial election results showed strong popular support for a center-left coalition led by the Social Democratic Party and the Social Liberal Party.
January 25, 2000 |
A folksy former president of the old Yugoslavia and a onetime anti-Communist dissident will compete for Croatia's presidency in a runoff next month, election results showed today. With ballot counting from Monday's voting completed, 65-year-old Stipe Mesic, the last president of the former Yugoslav federation before it began to break up in 1991, had received 41.64% of the total, according to the nation's electoral commission.
July 9, 2001 |
Croatia's reformist, pro-Western government faced a political crisis Sunday after a Cabinet majority agreed that any citizens indicted by a U.N. war crimes tribunal should be arrested and extradited--a move that prompted four key ministers to quit. The decision and the resulting political turmoil reflect continuing fallout across this region from the recent transfer of deposed Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.