Chairman of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) parliamentary group Ivan Suker on Tuesday confirmed that a motion for a vote of no-confidence in Tihomir Oreskovic would be put into parliamentary procedure today and that all lawmakers in the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition group who were in Zagreb had signed the motion.
"We've collected the signatures of all those who were in Zagreb and some colleagues are yet to come. At the moment we have about 40 signatures," Suker told reporters after the parliamentary group had met and added that the motion would be put into parliamentary procedure today already.
When the HDZ club's meeting ended, no-one of HDZ lawmakers wished to make any statement to the press, however, about twenty minutes later the party's secretary-general Domagoj Ivan Milosevic together with Suker faced the press to make an official statement.
Asked whether they had a new prime-minister designate, Suker said that the only topic today was "Oreskovic's impeachment." "When that is resolved, we will move onto the next topic," he said.
Milosevic commented on the party's Varazdin branch which had called for Tomislav Karamarko's resignation saying that some people in HDZ at the local level do not recognise the severity of the current political moment. "As far as I am informed, they had a semi-private meeting and I expect their resignations," he said.
Asked about the possibility of Milosevic being the prime minister-designate in a government reshuffle, he said that he had not heard any such thing.
Reporters were interested to hear about an alleged meeting between HDZ's Miro Kovac with Bridge ministers and that he had offered them the option of going ahead with someone else from HDZ as a possible prime minister-designate but that this proposal was rejected.
"We're not talking about a prime minister-designate, today we are exclusively dealing with Mr Oreskovic's impeachment," Milosevic said.