Struggling Croatia holds tight presidential run-off

January 12, 2015 2:10 AM

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Struggling Croatia holds tight presidential run-off

ZAGREB - Croatians cast ballots Sunday to elect a president in a tight run-off between incumbent centre-left Ivo Josipovic and conservative Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both pledging to help kickstart the newest EU member’s ailing economy.

The two emerged practically neck and neck from the first round of polling two weeks ago, with Josipovic, a 57-year-old former law professor and classical music composer, just one percentage point ahead of Grabar-Kitarovic with 38.5 percent of the vote.

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