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Conservative Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has won the Croatian presidential election (AP)

Conservative Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has won the Croatian presidential election (AP)

Conservative Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has won the Croatian presidential election (AP)

A conservative populist has become Croatia's first female president after she beat the centre-left incumbent in a run-off election amid deep discontent over economic woes in the European Union's newest member.

The state electoral commission says that with about 97% of the vote counted, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic won 50.54% of the vote, while President Ivo Josipovic had 49.46%.