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Croatia's president sets election date

Published 16/07/2016

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic speaks with journalists before early elections were called (AP)
Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic speaks with journalists before early elections were called (AP)

Croatia's president has scheduled early parliamentary elections for September 11.

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic announced the election date just a day after the decision to dissolve parliament formally came into effect.

Croatia's centre-right government fell last month in a no-confidence vote amid a political deadlock triggered by a dispute within the ruling conservative coalition.

The political instability has stalled the economic reforms in the country that joined the European Union in 2013 following years of crisis during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Croatia was one of the six republics in the former Yugoslav federation. It fought a war for independence between 1991 and 1995 that claimed some 10,000 lives and ravaged the economy.

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