Nikica Valentić

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Nikica Valentić
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Prime Minister of Croatia
In office
3 April 1993 – 7 November 1995
President Franjo Tuđman
Preceded by Hrvoje Šarinić
Succeeded by Zlatko Mateša
Personal details
Born (1950-11-24) 24 November 1950 (age 66)
Gospić, SFR Yugoslavia (present-day Gospić, Croatia)
Political party Croatian Democratic Union

Nikica Valentić (pronounced [nîkit͡sa ʋǎleːntit͡ɕ]; born 24 November 1950) is a Croatian entrepreneur, lawyer and politician. He was the 5th Prime Minister of Croatia from 1993 until 1995. He is the youngest person to serve in that capacity, being 42 years old when taking office.

A native of Gospić, Valentić graduated from the University of 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 President Franjo Tuđman to the post of Croatian 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, Deputies of the 5th Assembly of the Croatian Parliament
  2. ^ "Peta vlada" (in Croatian). Croatian Information-Documentation Referral Agency. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Nikica Valentić: Graditelj stanova u recesijska vremena, Jutarnji list; accessed 20 July 2015.(in Croatian)