The Croatian parliament ended a political deadlock Monday, voting to dissolve itself on July 15 and pave the way for snap polls in September, just 10 months after the previous vote produced a hung legislature.
The dissolution vote was nearly unanimous, with 137 for, two against and one abstaining. Legislators agreed to the delayed date in order to avoid having elections at the peak of the summer holiday season.
Under Croatian law, polls must be called between 30 and 60 days after the parliament is dissolved. With the countdown starting in mid-July, the elections must be held by September 15.
President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, who will schedule the elections, said earlier that all political parties agreed to the early September timeframe, with the 4th and 11th possible dates.
Croatia held parliamentary elections in November, but they failed to produce a stable government, with the two main parties, the conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) winning 59 and 55 seats, respectively.
The newcomer reformist party Most (Bridge) ended as kingmaker. It allied with the HDZ in January, but the coalition was too strained to become functional and inside feuding led to the fall of the non-partisan Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic's cabinet last week.
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