POWER IN BEAUTY-Meet Kolinda, Croatia’s President

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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović born 29 April 1968 is a Croatian politician and diplomat serving as the 4th and current President of Croatia since 2015. She is the first woman to be elected to the office. Before her election as President of Croatia, Grabar-Kitarović held a number of governmental and diplomatic positions. She was Minister of European Affairs from 2003 to 2005, the first female Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration from 2005 to 2008, Croatian Ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011 and Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy at NATO.

Grabar-Kitarović contested the presidential election held in December 2014 and January 2015 as the only female candidate (out of four in total) and received the smallest number of votes of any elected president in Croatia (1.114 million votes).  Upon election, Grabar-Kitarović became the first woman in Europe to defeat an incumbent president running for reelection, as well as the second woman in the world to do so. She is also the first candidate of any gender to defeat an incumbent Croatian president. Furthermore, as the country had previously also had a female Prime Minister, Jadranka Kosor, from 2009 until 2011, Grabar-Kitarović’s election as President of Croatia also included it into a small group of parliamentary republics which have had both a female head of state and head of government.

Grabar-Kitarović is married  to Jakov Kitarović and they have two children.  In 2017, Forbes magazine listed Grabar-Kitarović as the world’s 39th most powerful woman.

 

Note; extracts from wikipedia

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