[ELECTION 2005] Call For Croatian Orange Revolution
It took few hours for independent candidate Boris Mikšić (Boris Miksic) to transform from this election's biggest winner into this election's biggest loser. For few hours people in
But euphoria was replaced with heartbreak when the votes from
At first, it looked like Mikšić will concede defeat or, at least, sleep it over. There were speculations about his candidacy being a Trojan horse designed to steal votes for Mesić and force the second round. There was also speculations about Mikšić being a good boy and calling his supporters to turn to Kosor in second round.
But those speculations didn't take into account emotions and Mikšić's own ambitions. With next presidential elections five years away and next parliamentary elections three years away, Mikšić can run for office only on this year's local elections. City of
And if Mikšić wants to be serious about local elections, he must show that he was serious about this one and that he represents some kind of clear alternative to Croatian political establishment.
So, in the morning Mikšić clearly stated that he won't concede his defeat. He went even further from merely filing a complaint to State Electoral Commission. Joined by Miroslav Rajh, one of third-tier candidates who adopted his cause, he called the election a "fraud" and stated that "
The most important thing is Mikšić's call to his supporters to come on the streets of major Croatian towns this evening at CET, protest the result and sign a petition demanding a re-vote.
Mikšić, therefore, chose to try or at least give impression of trying to repeat
First of all, Croatians traditionally don't have a custom of settling their political issues on the street.
Second, Mikšić, whose populist rhetoric often flirts with right-wing nationalism and Euroscepticism, is unlikely to get dozens of millions of EU and
Finally, Mikšić is in, most likelihood wrong. Exit polls were correct when it came to
However, Mikšić, whether he is wrong or right, can do Croatian democracy a great service if he sticks by his word and continues fighting. And if his call to the streets is answered, this could benefit Croatian democracy. Croatian political establishment, when faced with visible and unavoidable expression of displeasure with status quo, will finally start to be more responsive towards the needs and interests of the electorate which had been fooled and ignored for so long.
In the meantime, two other candidates – Slaven Letica and Doris Košta (Doris Kosta) – also called for the vote to be declared invalid.