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First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party said on Wednesday that the lack of quorum in the parliament and non-attendance of parliamentary sessions would no longer be tolerated and that HDZ secretary-general Milijan Brkic, the only candidate for HDZ vice-president, would return to the HDZ parliamentary group.

Speaking to reporters after a session of the Patriotic Coalition caucus, Karamarko expressed dissatisfaction that last Friday there was no quorum in the parliament and that it failed to vote on proposed legislation three times.

"Such behaviour will not happen again because it is irresponsible to voters," he told reporters.

He confirmed that the HDZ would discuss the possibility of penalising MPs who did not attend parliamentary sessions.

The HDZ Presidency will hold a meeting on Thursday, we will discuss that topic as well, Karamarko said, adding that some parliaments penalised the non-attendance of their sessions.

"This has happened three times in a row, and it cannot be tolerated, one can't work that way," the HDZ leader said, adding that the government's reform measures could not have any effect without parliamentary synergy.

Karamarko confirmed that there would be changes in the HDZ caucus, which was left last Friday without its two vice-presidents, Davorin Mlakar and Gordan Jadrokovic, who resigned.

"There will certainly be some changes, work will be more intensive, better and more organised," he said, confirming that Brkic was returning to the parliament. 

"He will have to return, he and I agreed on that some 20 days ago and it will definitely contribute to the HDZ group's organisation and functioning."

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