Serb leader criticizes Croatian government forming process

There has been no less fortunate, more contentious, hasty, and less successful start to a majority, i.e., a government, than this, says Milorad Pupovac.

Source: B92

The leader of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) and a member of the Croatian parliament in this way commented on the process to set up a new Croatian government.

In addition, Pupovac spoke about the decision to make a non-partisan figure, Tihomir Oreskovic, the country's new prime minister, and stressed there was "suspicion of rigging and voter fraud" while a mandate to form the government was given to a person who was "found within a few hours, who speaks and reads Croatian badly, and does not know his country."

"We had a good conversation with President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic. Without us and other minority deputies there is no stability, neither in the short, nor in the long term," said Pupovac.

On Tuesday, Pupovac said the SDSS, which has two MPs, supported the leader of the MOST election list Bozo Petrov for prime minister.

It seemed certain at the time that Petrov would be elected to that position, in cooperation with the coalition led by former PM and SDP leader Zoran Milanovic. But Petrov suddenly announced he was ending all negotiations.

Grabar Kitarovic said on Tuesday evening that the leaders of the Patriotic Coalition - led by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) - and MOST informed her they had secured a majority in parliament.

On Wednesday, they asked that Tihomir Oreskovic be given the mandate to form the next government.

Grabar Kitarovic soon entrusted him with the mandate. However, a new problem has arisen - the future prime minister speaks broken Croatian.


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