The President of the Republic shall be elected directly by secret ballot, on the basis of universal and equal suffrage, for a term of five years.
No one shall be elected the President of the Republic more than twice.
The President of the Republic shall be elected by a majority of all voters who turn out. If none of the candidates has won such a majority, the election shall be repeated after 14 days.
The two candidates who win the largest number of votes at the first elections shall have the right to stand for the repeated election. If any of these candidates withdraws, the right to stand for repeated election shall be acquired by the candidate who has received the next highest number of votes.
Elections for the President of the Republic shall be held not less than 30 and not more than 60 days before the expiry of the incumbent’s term of office.
Prior to taking office, the President of the Republic shall swear a solemn oath before the President of the Constitutional of the Republic of Croatia, declaring loyalty to the Constitution.
The election of the President of the Republic, the oath and its recitation shall be regulated by law.