ZAGREB, Sept 30 (Croatia Sun News) – President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will announce her candidacy for re-election “very, very soon,” the head of her campaign headquarters, Ivan Anusic, said on Sunday, adding that the president was not stalling and that other candidates had started “perhaps a little too soon.”
“There is no stalling, she is in office, unlike other candidates who embarked on their campaigns perhaps a little too soon,” Anusic, a member of the presidency of the ruling HDZ party, told the public broadcaster.
He said other candidates “perhaps don’t have other commitments and certain candidacies and candidates started getting into full swing already in the spring.” “The president doesn’t have the need for that because, when she announces her candidacy, she will spend most of the time to the candidacy and less to affairs of the state,” he added.
Anusic said he did not think that Grabar-Kitarovic’s approval rating was dropping, rather that the number of presidential candidates was increasing, currently standing at 14.
He said political campaigns in Croatia were unfair and was hopeful that this would change, although he is convinced that the upcoming presidential race will be unfair. “In a way, websites… are not attacking only the president but those around her as well.”