Croatia elects centre-left challenger Zoran Milanovic as president

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Croatia elects centre-left challenger Zoran Milanovic as president

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Croatia's presidential election has been won by centre-left challenger Zoran Milanovic, who defeated the nationalist incumbent.

The social democratic ex-prime minister vowed to heal divisions, and said his victory had brought "hope and faith".

Mr Milanovic beat Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic - a conservative who won the presidency in 2015 - by 53% to 47%.

Croatia's president has a role in foreign policy and security matters but the prime minister runs the country.

Ms Grabar-Kitarovic, who was elected Croatia's first female president in January 2015, ran a campaign promoting "real Croatia", something that Mr Milanovic said was very dangerous.

She later wished her opponent "every success", adding: "That is in the interest of myself, him and all the children in our country."

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