Officially: Republika Hrvatska.
English: Croatia.
Seat of government: Zagreb.
Status: Democratic.
Structure: Government is led by the predsjednik vlade (premijer) and chosen by the Sabor, elected by multiple-member geographical constituencies.
Governing party: Hrvatska Demokratska Zajednica.
Head of government: Tihomir Orešković, predsjednik vlade.
Chief opposition party: Socijaldemokratska Partija Hrvatske.
Other parliamentary parties: .
Assessment: The complete defeat, in the 2000 election, of the HDZ after the death of its leader Franjo Tuđman in 1999 was a tremendous step forward. Tuđman (president, 1990-9) was the stealth Милошевић; there was no likelihood of liberal government in Hrvatska with him in place. But the HDZ won power again in 2003 under Ivo Sanader (2003-9), and was reelected in 2007. Sanader resigned in 2009, replaced by Jadranka Kosor (2009-11). In 2011 elections, a coalition led by SDP won a plurality of votes and slight majority of seats, and Zoran Milanović (2011-6) became prime minister. The election of 2015 led to an HDZ-Most coalition under the non-partisan Orešković. A 2016 election saw HDZ again finish with a plurality.
FH: 2-2, free. Econ: 7.04 (51), flawed democracy.
Updated: 2016 October 7.