Croatia Swears In 46-Year-Old First Female President

Croatia Swears In 46-Year-Old First Female President

By News Desk | The Trent on February 16, 2015
President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (Photo Credit:

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.


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