The President maintains regular and coordinated operation and stability of the national government system, and safeguards the independence and territorial integrity of the country. The President has the power to call elections for the Croatian Parliament as well as referendum, the President appoints Prime Ministers on the basis of the balance of power in the Parliament, grants pardons and awards decorations and other state awards. The President and Government cooperate in the conducting the foreign policy, in addition, the President is the commander-in-chief of the Croatian Armed Forces. The President appoints the director of the Security and Intelligence Agency with the Prime Minister, the President may dissolve the Parliament as provided by the Constitution. Although enjoying immunity, the President is impeachable for violation of the Constitution, in case of incapability to discharge duties of office, the Speaker of the Parliament assumes the office of acting President until the President resumes duty, or until election of a new President. The Office of the President of the Republic consists of the staff of the president of Croatia. The office is seated in the Presidential Palace in the Pantovčak area of Zagreb, the President is elected on the basis of universal suffrage, through a secret ballot, for a five-year term. If no candidate in the elections more than 50% of all votes cast. The Constitution of Croatia sets a limit to a maximum of two terms in office, the president-elect is required to take an oath of office before the judges of the Constitutional Court. Franjo Tuđman won the first Croatian presidential elections in 1992 and 1997, after his death in 1999, the constitution was amended and much of the presidential powers were transferred to the parliament and the government. Stjepan Mesić won two terms, in 2000 and in 2005. Ivo Josipović won the elections held in 2009–2010. Winner of the most recent presidential elections, held in 2014–15, was Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and she succeeded Josipović on 19 February 2015. The president is barred from executing any other public or professional duty while in office, the President of Croatia calls elections for the Croatian Parliament and convenes the first meeting of the parliamentary assembly. The president is required to appoint a prime minister, on the basis of the balance of power in the parliament. The appointed candidate is in turn required to seek confirmation from the parliament through a confidence vote, the president may also call referenda, grant pardons and award decorations and other forms of recognition defined by legislation. The President of Croatia and the Government cooperate in the formulation and implementation of Croatias foreign policy and this provision of the constitution is an occasional source of conflict between the president and the government. The president receives letters of credence and letters of recall from foreign diplomatic representatives, the President of Croatia is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Republic of Croatia and appoints and relieves military commanders of duty, conforming to applicable legislation
The North Salon is the main conference room in the Presidential Palace.
The lobby of the Presidential Palace
An honor guard in front of the Presidential Palace normally welcomes foreign heads of state.