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The international secretary for the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Miro Kovac, on Sunday called on the government to start dealing with the refugee crisis and the economy, rather than attacking Croatian institutions and the president.

"Instead of figuring out how to resolve the refugee crisis and revive the economy, the caretaker government is focusing only on its political rivals, it is attacking Croatian institutions and Croatian president," Kovac said in the HDZ headquarters.

After Ostojic said on Friday that Grabar-Kitarovic can easily agree the rerouting of refugees with her friends in Serbia, Grabar Kitarovic wrote on Facebook: "With his statement today, the caretaker Minister Ostojic admitted that this caretaker government isn't capable of running the country and that they are leaving the executive powers to me. I will do that as soon Constitution allows me to." 

Today she said her post was ironic. "You can reply to the latest statements by Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic with nothing but irony. That's what I did and I did it over Facebook and not officially. Of course, I was not serious because I have no Constitutional powers and this is exactly what I am saying to Minister Ostojic, because he had told me that I could resolve the crisis with Serbia in five minutes and that he was leaving me the executive powers which I do not have," Grabar-Kitarovic said.

Asked if the president overstepped with her Facebook post, Kovac responded by calling on the government to "stop playing games, setting uo, deceiving and manipulating and start doing its job."

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