FORA.tv Speaker - Stjepan Mesic
Stjepan Mesic (born December 24, 1934) has been the President of the Republic of Croatia since 2000.
Mesic was a deputy in the Croatian Parliament in the 1960s, and was then absent from politics until 1990 when he became a member of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and later the Prime Minister of Croatia. He was elected Croatian member of the Yugoslav Federal Presidency where he served first as Vice President and then in 1991 as the last President of the Yugoslav Federal Presidency. After that from 1992 he served as the President of the Croatian Parliament.
In 1994, he left HDZ with his several colleagues to form a new party - Croatian Independent Democrats (HND). In 1997 the majority of HND members, including Mesić, merged into the Croatian People's Party (HNS).
After Franjo Tuđman died in December 1999, he was elected in two rounds the President of the Republic of Croatia in February 2000. He was re-elected in January 2005 for a second term.
04.10.06 | 01:08:56 min
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