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Croatia votes to elect president amid economy woes

Voters in Croatia, newest EU state, choose president amid economic woes

Croatia votes to elect president amid economy woes

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Croatia's liberal president faces pressure from a conservative challenger in an election held amid widespread discontent over economic woes in the European Union's newest member.

The vote Sunday is seen as a test for the center-left government which has faced criticism for its failure to revive the economy more than one year after Croatia joined the EU. Croatia has one of the weakest economies in the bloc.

Nearly 3.8 million voters can pick from four candidates for the largely ceremonial post. Opinion polls indicate that incumbent Ivo Josipovic, a composer and law expert, will win the most votes but fall short of the 50 percent majority needed for outright victory.

Josipovic is tipped to face conservative opposition candidate Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in the second round in two weeks.