President starts talks on new PM in deadlocked Croatia

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, pictured on October 9, 2015, opened talks with parliamentary parties to try and name a prime minister-designate and end a political stalemateCroatia’s president opened talks with parliamentary parties Thursday to try and name a prime minister-designate and end a political stalemate after an election 18 days ago failed to produce an outright winner. The lack of a decisive outcome has caused concerns among analysts, coming as a huge influx of migrants passes through the European Union’s newest member, which is slowly emerging from six years of recession and in need of economic reforms. The centre-left alliance, led by the Social Democrats and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, won 56 seats but has since secured the support of 10 deputies from smaller parties and minority groups, increasing its chances of staying in power.

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