Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Kosor vs. Mesic update: Results

In last post I was booth right and wrong: I said that Mesic will get at least 60% of votes, and without emigration that he could get as double as Kosor. The final results are as follows:
Mesic – 65,93%
Kosor – 34,07%
So, Mesic get even more than I thought, he finally got almost double as Mrs. Kosor.
Counting only Croatia, without votes from emigration, Mesic got about 70% of votes, what speaks for itself. The higher percentage Mesic won in Istria, almost 90%! He got high percentages also in Zagreb, Karlovac, and other north regions. He lost only in Lika, where Kosor won with 52,76%, and close result was also in Dalmatia. You can see more detailed info here.
It is interesting to see the voters profiles, as shown by exit pools statistics. Voters with lower education, and voters from smaller places more often voted for Mrs. Kosor, while Mesic won in all bigger cities.
The interesting was voting of emigration, where Kosor won 82,56%, mostly due to votes from Bosnia & Herzegovina(even this time there was irregularities like double voting). Now Mesic is trying to take them off the right to vote in Croatia, because Croatians in Bosnia & Herzegovina are constitutive people, not minority, and they are not the emigration because they never lived in Croatia. Most of people here agree with initiative of president Mesic.
It is considered that votes from Bosnia & Herzegovina was “invention” of ex. president Franjo Tuđman, to gain advantage on the elections, and also to emphasize their belonging to Croatian people, as current president states that dr. Tuđman had the policy to incorporate the Herzegovina as the part of Croatia.
Now Mesic is saying that Croatians in Herzegovina has to defend their right of constitutive people in Bosnia & Herzegovina, which is in certain sense denied by voting as minority in Croatia. Economical relations has to be built on more transparent basis too, not on shady interests of some individuals. I think this is long term interest for booth sides, because borders and limitations has to be respected, and relations has to be built for benefit of all, with clear and fair interests. This means investments, cooperation and development on healthy basis.


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