Nikica Valentić (pronounced [nîkit͡sa ʋǎleːntit͡ɕ]; born 24 November 1950) is a Croatian entrepreneur, lawyer and politician. He was the Prime Minister of Croatia from 1993 until 1995. He is to date the youngest person to have served in that capacity, being 42 years old when taking office, and is also the first Croatian prime minister born after the Second World War.
|5th Prime Minister of Croatia|
3 April 1993 – 7 November 1995
|Preceded by||Hrvoje Šarinić|
|Succeeded by||Zlatko Mateša|
|Born||24 November 1950|
Bilaj, Gospić, FPR Yugoslavia
|Political party||Croatian Democratic Union|
A native of Gospić, Valentić graduated from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law. Before being involved in politics, he was a high-ranking official of INA, the Croatian oil company.
A few months after taking office his cabinet de-valued the Croatian currency Croatian dinar, stopping the inflation and bringing some sort of economic stability to Croatia for the first time after the start of war. In June 1994 the Croatian dinar was replaced with the kuna.
In 1995, during his term in office, the Croatian military and police conducted Operation Storm which would ultimately lead to the end of the war in Croatia and neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina. After his term expired, he served as a member of the Croatian Parliament until 2003.
- Nikica Valentić, Deputies of the 5th Assembly of the Croatian Parliament
- "Peta vlada" (in Croatian). Croatian Information-Documentation Referral Agency. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
- Nikica Valentić: Graditelj stanova u recesijska vremena, Jutarnji list; accessed 20 July 2015.‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
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