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Zoran Milanovic

Initial results of Croatia vote show conservatives' lead

Initial results of Croatia's early elections have shown that the conservatives were leading the vote, but won't be able to rule on their own, paving the way for another coalition government in the European Union's newest member state.

With more than half of the ballots counted, Croatia's state election authorities said early on Monday that the conservative Croatian Democratic Union, or HDZ, have won 62 seats in the 151-seat parliament, while rival left-leaning People's Coalition won 53. Third-placed are kingmakers Most, or Bridge, with 12 seats.

Although incomplete, the results are not expected to change dramatically until the full count later on Monday.

If confirmed,...