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Davor Ivo Stier [L], Andrej Plenkovic [C], Damir Krsticevic[R]
Photograph: HINA/ Damir SENČAR/ ds

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic after a meeting of the party's presidency on Monday said that he would make a recommendation to the party's Main Committee that Gordan Jandrokovic be appointed as the party's new secretary-general, Davor Ivo Stier as the new political secretary and that Miro Kovac remain in the position of the party's secretary for international relations.

The HDZ presidency unanimously supported my announcement of these personnel changes, Plenkovic told reporters.

He added that the party's task force for talks with potential and current coalition partners would continue with its activities and that the party's new secretaries would be included in those talks.

He added that there was a possibility of co-opting four new members to the Presidency and that the party's Statute allowed this.

"Taking account of geographical representation, over the next few days, I will make a recommendation to my colleagues of a few more names in order to fill the Presidency," Plenkovic said. He added that Vladimir Seks would have a role in the party's Advisory Council.

Asked about Bridge's demands for changes to the HDZ's leadership, Plenkovic said that the party's members confirmed changes in the party yesterday. He added that new direction he planned to implement in the HDZ was clear and recognisable in the associates he has chosen.

"I'm certain that HDZ as the strongest party in the country, will show that at the coming parliamentary election with its policies, consistency and platform and that it will be a desirable partner to all parties who have similar platforms and worldviews," he said.

Plenkovic did not wish to reply to reporters about media speculation concerning the party's slate, adding that it would be a combination of experience and youth and will present people who with proven experience will attract voters. "It's not realistic for the slate to be the same as it was for November 8, 2015 (parliamentary election)," he underscored.

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