Croatia: presidential election goes to runoff

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Posted: Dec 27, 2009 6:16 PM

The state-run Electoral Commission says that the opposition member and Zagreb mayor _ an independent _ will face off in Croatia's runoff presidential elections.

After nearly all votes were counted from Sunday's vote, the Commission says the leftist opposition Social Democrat member, Ivo Josipovic, garnered 32.4 percent of votes and Zagreb's popular Mayor Milan Bandic got 14.8 percent of votes.

Since neither garnered the 50-percent support required for outright victory, they will now face each other in a Jan. 10 runoff.

The failure of the ruling conservative party member to get to the runoff signals Croatians' growing dissatisfaction with government's handling of economic decline and high-level corruption.