Bridge, opposition walk out of parliament over central bank report

Unhappy with Speaker Zeljko Reiner's explanation of why parliament again would not vote on a report on the central bank's (HNB) work in 2014 on Friday, MPs of the ruling Bridge party and the opposition walked out of the chamber, making voting on other items on the agenda not possible for lack of a quorum.

Ivan Kovacic of Bridge requested on his parliamentary group's behalf a break in the session to ask why parliament was not voting on the HNB report again. Reiner answered that he could not request a break during voting and that there was no need to request a break because there had been controversial opinions on the report during discussions - whether to vote on it or only take note of it.

"We will ask the Constitution Committee to give us their opinion," Reiner said. Kovacic asked him who requested the committee's opinion, to which Reiner replied, "I, that is, I will request the opinion."

The Bridge MPs then walked out of the chamber, joined by the opposition. Reiner concluded there was no quorum and said the session would resume on Tuesday, when parliament should discuss the draft 2016 budget.

After the session, the parliamentary group of the ruling Patriotic Coalition convened for a meeting, as did the parliamentary group of Bridge.

Last update: Fri, 11/03/2016 - 14:22

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