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Jadranka Kosor


Incumbent
Assumed office 
6 July 2009
President Stjepan Mesić
Ivo Josipović (Elect)
Preceded by Ivo Sanader

Vice Prime Minister
In office
23 December 2003 – 6 July 2009
Serving with Damir Polančec, Đurđa Adlešič, Slobodan Uzelac
Prime Minister Ivo Sanader

Minister of Family, Veterans' Affairs and Intergeneration Solidarity
In office
23 December 2003 – 6 July 2009
Prime Minister Ivo Sanader
Succeeded by Tomislav Ivić

President of the Croatian Democratic Union
Incumbent
Assumed office 
2009
Preceded by Ivo Sanader

Born 1 July 1953 (1953-07-01) (age 56)
Pakrac, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
Political party Croatian Democratic Union
Alma mater University of Zagreb
Profession Journalist
Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Jadranka Kosor (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈjadranka ˈkɔsɔr]; born July 1, 1953) is a Croatian politician and former journalist. She became Croatia's first female Prime Minister on July 6, 2009, after the resignation of former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader.

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Early life

Jadranka Kosor was born Jadranka Vlaisavljević in Pakrac and finished her primary education in Lipik. She went to school in Zagreb, where she graduated in law and began working as a journalist from 1972 as a correspondent for Večernji list and Radio Zagreb. In 1971, her book of poetry Koraci was published by the Pakrac branch of Matica hrvatska.[1] During the Croatian War of Independence, she worked as a radio-journalist and her show covered war topics such as refugee problems and disabled war veterans.[2] She also worked briefly as a correspondent for the BBC during this time. She has won awards from the Croatian Journalist Association for her work, as well as from the European Community for her humanitarian work.[2]

Kosor has published four books, two of poetry and two related to the Croatian War of Independence. She has a son, Lovro, and is fluent in English.

Politics

In 1995 she became a representative in the Croatian Parliament as a member of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). She was also the vice-president of the Croatian Parliament. From 1999 to 2000, she was president of the HDZ's Women's Association Katarina Zrinski. Kosor is credited with the number of female candidates from the HDZ in the 2000 elections doubling.[3]

Kosor was the vice-president of the HDZ party between 1995 and 1997, and from 2002 up to 2009, when she became the president of the party. In 2003, she became the minister of family, veterans and inter-generational solidarity in the Croatian Government of Ivo Sanader.[2]

HDZ nominated her as their presidential candidate for the presidential election of 2005.[2] In the first round, she overtook Boris Mikšić by a few percent to reach the second place. She then faced off Stipe Mesić in the second round, but lost.

In July 2009, she took over as the head of the Croatian Democratic Union following the resignation of Ivo Sanader.[4 ]

Prime Minister

On July 1, 2009, Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader resigned, and suggested Kosor as the next prime minister. [5] On July 6, she was confirmed as the first female prime minister of the Republic of Croatia by parliament.[6] She received 83 votes from the 153-seat parliament. [5] President Stjepan Mesić requested that she begin formation of a government, which she did and it contains many of the same cabinet members as her predecessor. [5] Opposition MPs were displeased, saying they would have preferred an election. [5]

Kosor has spoken to Croatian Radiotelevision about her policies, which involve saving money but not by "touching salaries or pensions for the moment". [5]

Foreign relations

Kosor travelled to Beijing, China in 2008, where she met with Chinese president Hu Jintao and attended the opening of the 2008 Summer Paralympics.[7]

Jadranka Kosor signed an agreement with Borut Pahor, the premier of Slovenia, in November 2009, that allowed Croatian EU entry negotiations to proceed.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ivo Sanader
Prime Minister of Croatia
2009–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ivo Sanader
President of the Croatian Democratic Union
2009–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Mate Granić
Croatian Democratic Union presidential candidate
2005
Succeeded by
Andrija Hebrang
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