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Croatia to Hold Snap Vote in September

FILE - A child looks at a ballot being cast at a polling station in Zagreb, Croatia, Nov. 8, 2015.

Croatia will hold a snap election in September.

President Kolinsa Grabar-Kitarovic said in a statement Saturday the election will be held September 11.

The news of the snap vote for the European Union's newest member comes a day after parliament was formally dissolved and less than a year after the last vote.

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic's center-right coalition government collapsed because of bickering between the conservative HDZ party and its junior reformist partner MOST.

The most recent polls show HDZ trailing behind the main opposition Social Democrats,or SDP, by 10 percentage points.

The political deadlock has stalled economic reform for Croatia's economy, one of the weakest in the EU bloc.