Zadar Mayor and prominent member of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Bozidar Kalmeta on Tuesday confirmed that he would not run in the September election.
"It's true, I won't be on the slate for the 9th electoral constituency. That's exclusively my personal decision. No-one from the party's leadership asked me to do that," Kalmeta said and underscored that he had received full support from HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic.
He stressed that his withdrawal had nothing to do with an indictment charging him of siphoning HRK 15 million from road maintenance companies. He added that his innocence would be proven. That indictment existed eight months ago and despite it I won a huge number of preferential votes in the 9th constituency in the last election, Kalmeta said.
Radio Dalmacija cited Kalmeta as saying that he was withdrawing from the HDZ slate to give some new people from the party a chance.