Croatia on Sunday, February 15, 2015 swore in Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic as its first ever female president and fourth since it gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
46-year old Grabar-Kitarovic, who had served as a foreign minister and NATO official, defeated incumbent Ivo Josipovic in an election run-off held in January.
The new president is a member if the HDZ party and will commence her 5-year term, which she says will focus on reviving the weak economy of the tiny European country.
In her inaugural speech, Grabar-Kitarovic said: “I will be a top economic diplomat of our country.
“I want that after almost two years of (EU) membership, we all eventually start to live the life of a European Union member.”
Also present at her swearing in were Presidents of Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovakia and Slovenia as well as Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.