ZAGREB, Croatia – Croatia has been established as a monument to the leader Franjo Tudjman, who has been criticized for his nationalist policies.
Top Croatian officials attended the ceremony in Zagreb on Monday that marked the 19th anniversary of Tudjman's death.
President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said Tudjman has "indebted us for many centuries." Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic praised his "wisdom."
Tudjman is adored by nationalists in Croatia for the country through the 1992-95 war that erupted when minority Serbs rebelled against the country's independence.
Outside Croatia, Tudjman was a nationalist whose policies helped fuel ethnic hatred and bloodshed in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Tudjman's Croatian Democratic Union has been in power for most of the post-independence period.
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