An initial exit poll in Croatia’s parliamentary election Sunday indicates that the left-leaning Social Democrats and their People’s Coalition were in the lead, but not a clear winner.
According to the poll conducted by Croatia’s independent Ipsos Puls agency, the Peoples’ Coalition won 58 seats in Croatia’s 151-seat parliament. The conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) won 57 seats, while kingmaker MOST (Bridge) won 11 seats.
For the second time in less than a year, the European Union’s newest member held a snap election one day after parliament was formally dissolved.
The right-wing government collapsed in June after less than six months in power, due to political deadlock that had stalled economic reform for Croatia’s economy, one of the weakest in the EU bloc.
Analysts had predicted that Sunday’s election would produce another barely functioning government, adding more to political uncertainty in the country.