Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was on 15 February 2015 sworn in as the President of Croatia. She is Croatia’s first female President and overall fourth President since Croatia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
In January 2015 election run-off, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic defeated her left-wing predecessor Ivo Josipovic. In the election she had secured 50.5 percent of the votes while her predecessor Ivo Josipovic secured 49.5 percent votes.
The Croatian president has a largely ceremonial role and has a five-year term.
• Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is member of Croatia’s politically conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party.
• She was the first woman appointed as Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy at North Atlantic Treaty organisation (NATO) and was in office from 2011 to 2014.
• Kitarovic was also the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia from 2005 to 2008 and Croatia’s Ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011.
When: 15 February 2015