The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) secretary-general, Milijan Brkic, stated on Sunday that he had given up his candidacy for the Minister of War Veterans' Affairs due to the failure among the ruling majority to reach agreement on this matter, explaining that he wants to "break the impasse" surrounding the appointment of the new minister.
Brkic posted on his Facebook account a statement announcing his decision to withdraw from the candidacy for the minister and he also thanked families of dead war veterans, his fellow soldiers and friends for their support since the HDZ party and its leader Tomislav Karamarko proposed him for that ministerial post some 20 days ago.
"Naturally, in politics there are people who want some other solutions. The number of candidates (for the war veterans' affairs minister) has risen to a dozen in the meantime. This impasse is being used to make speculations and denigrate the Patriotic Coalition, the HDZ, Croatian defenders and me personally," Brkic writes in his statement.
Explaining his reasons why he is withdrawing from the candidacy, Brkic writes that the post of minister of war veterans' affairs must not be "a training ground for relentless political one–upmanship" and the future minister "must not be held hostage by an irresponsible part of politics and media".
Brkic also writes that he wants to emphasise that he is "pleasantly surprised" by sensitiveness shown by Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic to the issues and matters concerning war veterans.