Croatian presidential election, 2000

Croatian presidential election, 2000
24 January and 7 February 2000

Turnout 62.98% (first round)
60.88% (second round)
Nominee Stjepan Mesić Dražen Budiša
Popular vote 1,433,372 1,125,969
Percentage 56.01% 43.99%

Results of the second round in all of Croatia's counties: the candidate with the majority of votes in each administrative division.
  Stjepan Mesić   Dražen Budiša

President before election

Zlatko Tomčić - acting

Elected President

Stjepan Mesić

Presidential elections were held in Croatia on 24 January 2000.[1] They were the third presidential elections since independence in 1991, and were also the first early presidential elections, as they were held due to the death of incumbent president Franjo Tuđman on 10 December 1999. They were the last elections to be held under the semi-presidential system of government by which the President was the most powerful official in the government structure and could appoint and dismiss the Prime Minister and his cabinet. Namely, constitutional changes adopted in November 2000 foresaw an incomplete parliamentary system, which retained the direct election of the president but greatly reduced his powers in favor of a stronger prime minister. As no candidate passed the 50% threshold, a second round was held on 7 February, the first time a second round had been required in the country's history.[1] The result was a victory for Stjepan Mesić of the Croatian People's Party, who received 56% of the vote. Voter turnout was 62.98% in the first round and 60.88% in the second round.[2] Mesić was inaugurated for a five year term as the second president of Croatia on 18 February 2000 at Saint Mark's Square in front of the justices of the Constitutional court.


Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Stjepan MesićCroatian People's Party1,100,67141.111,433,37256.01
Dražen BudišaCroatian Social Liberal Party741,83727.711,125,96943.99
Mate GranićCroatian Democratic Union601,58822.47
Slaven LeticaIndependent110,7824.14
Anto ĐapićCroatian Party of Rights49,2881.84
Ante LedićIndependent22,8750.85
Tomislav MerčepCroatian Popular Party22,6720.85
Ante PrkačinNew Croatia7,4010.28
Zvonimir ŠeparovićIndependent7,2350.27
Invalid/blank votes13,21229,779
Registered voters/turnout4,251,10962.984,252,92160.88
Source: Croatian State Election Committee[3][4]


  1. 1 2 Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p410 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p420
  3. "Complete official results of the elections for the Croatian President - Second round". Croatian State Election Committee.
  4. "Complete official results of the elections for the Croatian President - First round". Croatian State Election Committee.
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