Nikica Valentić

Nikica Valentić (pronounced [nîkit͡sa ʋǎleːntit͡ɕ]; born 24 November 1950) is a Croatian entrepreneur, lawyer and politician who served as Prime Minister of Croatia from 1993 to 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 World War II.

Nikica Valentić
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Valentić in May 2011
Prime Minister of Croatia
In office
3 April 1993 – 7 November 1995
PresidentFranjo Tuđman
Preceded byHrvoje Šarinić
Succeeded byZlatko Mateša
Personal details
Born (1950-11-24) 24 November 1950 (age 72)
Gospić, PR Croatia, Yugoslavia
Political partyCroatian Democratic Union
SpouseAntoneta Valentić
  • Ivan
  • Marija
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb
  • Entrepreneur
  • lawyer
  • politician

A native of Gospić, Valentić graduated from the Zagreb Faculty of Law.[1] Before being involved in politics, he was a high-ranking official of INA, the Croatian oil company.[citation needed]

On 4 April 1993, as a member of the Croatian Democratic Union, he was appointed by the President Franjo Tuđman to the post of Prime Minister. He served in that position until 4 November 1995.[2]

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.[citation needed]

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.[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b Nikica Valentić Archived 2012-02-29 at the Wayback Machine, Deputies of the 5th Assembly of the Croatian Parliament
  2. ^ "Peta vlada" (in Croatian). Croatian Information-Documentation Referral Agency. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  3. ^ Nikica Valentić: Graditelj stanova u recesijska vremena, Jutarnji list; accessed 20 July 2015.(in Croatian)