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Jadranka Kosor

Jadranka Kosor set to become Croatia's first woman PM

Jadranka Kosor 49%

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Jadranka Kosor is succeeding Ivo Sanader who, after holding Croatia's most powerful political position for the past six years, shocked his nation by resigning last week, pushing the country into political turmoil. The 56-year-old will be taking up the mantle with the country facing its worst crisis since its war of independence from the former communist Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Her appointment is seen as controversial, but she has pledged to tackle Croatia's economic woes and its stalled bid to become the European Union's 28th member by 2011. "I will lead both the government and the (HDZ) party with a strong female hand," Kosor said at a weekend convention of her Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). Critics warn that Kosor, who was elected at the weekend as the first female head of the HDZ since the party was founded two decades ago, lacks the experience and power to deal with the crises. "Kosor is becoming the premier of a government that will have to force quick and unpleasant changes," the influential daily Jutarnji List said in a commentary. "It is hard to imagine a person less adequately qualified for such a task." Sanader did not give clear reasons for the move but repeatedly hinted it was prompted partly due to frustration with Croatia's stalled bid to join the European Union by 2011. The EU accession talks have been blocked by Slovenia due to a long-standing border row between the two former Yugoslav republics. Croatia's economy shrank 6.7 percent in the past year, first quarter figures showed, the sharpest fall in gross domestic product since 2000. The central bank forecasts that GDP will contract by four percent in 2009. The new government coalition government differs only slightly from the previous one, bringing in only four new names.


6 Jul 2009, 1733 hrs IST, AFP


source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com



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