The former Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader, Tomislav Karamarko, on Monday congratulated his successor, Andrej Plenkovic, who took the helm of this party after his candidacy was supported by party members in Sunday's election.
"I congratulate Andrej Plenkovic on the election for the HDZ president. I believe that he will responsibly perform this duty and that the HDZ will continue being the strongest party in Croatia," Karamarko wrote on his Facebook account.
Plenkovic was elected the new HDZ leader on Sunday as the only candidate in the election based on the principle "one member-one vote", and 97,823 party members voted for him. Approximately 208,000 members of this party were eligible to cast their ballots in polling stations organised by town, municipal and regional election branches, and the turnout was 46.83%. Plenkovic, who is the fifth HDZ leader, replaced Karamarko who resigned as HDZ chief on June 21 since he failed to form a new parliamentary majority within the eighth parliament after the HDZ ousted the Tihomir Oreskovic cabinet consisting of the HDZ and the Bridge.
Three months ago, Karamarko had been re-elected party chief with the support of 92,276 members, and in that election he also was the sole candidate for the party leader.