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Josipović, Ivo (Croatia)

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Introduction

Ivo Josipović was sworn in as president on 18 Feb. 2010 after winning the second round of elections on 10 Jan. 2010 on an anti-corruption platform. His term in the largely ceremonial role was for 5 years. He presided over Croatia’s entry into the European Union in July 2013 and sought to improve relations with the country’s ex-Yugoslav neighbours. He was defeated in the second round of the presidential election in Jan. 2015 and he was succeeded by Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovié in Feb. 2015.

Early Life

Josipović was born on 28 Aug. 1957 in Zagreb. He studied law at the University of Zagreb, qualifying for the bar in 1980. He returned as a lecturer in 1984, specializing in criminal procedure and international crime. In 1985 he gained an MA in criminal law and in 1994 received his PhD in criminal sciences. Josipović also pursued musical interests, graduating from the composition department of the Zagreb Music Academy in 1983. From 1987–2004 he taught at the Academy and has written...

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