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Croats say 'yes' to EU membership

A majority of Croats have voted in favour of joining the European Union, the country's state referendum commission has said.

Officials said about two-thirds had voted "yes" with about 30% of the ballot calculated.

They said 67% of those who took part in Sunday's referendum answered "yes" to the question: "Do you support the membership of the Republic of Croatia in the European Union?"

About 32% were against, while the rest of the ballots were invalid.

About 42% of eligible voters took part in the referendum, illustrating voters' apathy toward the 27-nation EU.

Croatia signed an EU accession treaty last year and will become its 28th member in July 2013 after all the EU states ratify the deal.

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