Next Croatian presidential election

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The next Croatian presidential elections are due to be held on a date between 21 December 2019 and 20 January 2020, as the Constitution of Croatia states that a presidential election must be held no more than 60 days and no less than 30 days before the expiration of the incumbent president's term.[1] They will be the seventh presidential elections since the first direct ones were held in 1992. The incumbent President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, took office on 19 February 2015 and her term is due to end on 18 February 2020.[2] If Grabar-Kitarović serves out her term in full until that date, the new presidential term will begin on 19 February 2020 and will be due to end on 18 February 2025. Also, she will be eligible for re-election to a second and final five-year term in this election. Ivo Josipović, her predecessor as president, is also eligible to run for re-election to a second and final term, as he was defeated in the 2015 elections after serving only one term from 2010 until 2015. If Grabar-Kitarović were to contest the elections and win, she would be the third Croatian president (after Franjo Tuđman and Stjepan Mesić) and first woman to accomplish such a feat. On the other hand, if she were to contest the elections and be defeated or if she were to choose not to run at all, the winner would be sworn in as the fifth President of Croatia since independence on 8 October 1991.

Possible candidates

No candidates have formally announced an intention to contest the election, however several potential candidates have been named in the media:


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