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First Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko on Thursday said that Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic answered to the prime minister and to himself (Karamarko) as deputy prime minister and that being a minister meant dealing with problems and that Orepic, nominated to the ministerial post by the Bridge party, should not "become a problem himself."

Commenting on a statement by Orepic in a TV talk show on Wednesday concerning the replacement of national chief-of-police Vlado Dominic, that he (Orepic) was the minister of the interior, Karamarko said that he was aware that Orepic was a minister and that he had read his statement.

"I'm aware that he is a minister. He certainly is a minister and being a minister entails obligations. Being a minister means that you have to deal with problems and that you must not become a problem yourself," Karamarko said.

He recalled that more than a month ago he had warned of certain staff members in the police and that it was time to investigate that. He added that some people had been replaced while others had not.

"As such, the minister answers to the prime minister, he answers to me as deputy prime minister and he is also responsible to Croatian citizens. I certainly hope that he knows his job... and that he will do what has to be done," Karamarko said.

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