Karamarko: HDZ ready for election but still working on reshuffle

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko said on Friday evening that his party was ready for an early election, however, he added that the party had not yet given up the possibility of seeking a new majority in the current, eighth parliament in order to form a new HDZ-led government.

Asked by the press whether it would be he who would lead the HDZ in an early parliamentary election, which is likely to be held as over 80 MPs in the 151-seat Sabor favour that option after the HDZ-sponsored no-confidence vote in the Tihomir Oreskovic cabinet, Karamarko says he is a responsible man adding that a responsible person must answer for all the bad he has done, while that person needn't answer for all the good he has done.

After a ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of the establishment of the HDZ in Zagreb Karamarko said that his party had not yet abandoned the possibility of a government reshuffle.

"If there is no reshuffle, we will go to the polls," Karmarko said.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said earlier on Friday that no one had managed to assure her during consultations at her office, following the ouster of the Oreskovic cabinet, that they had the necessary parliamentary majority to establish a new government, and she therefore urged the Parliament Speaker to convene a session at which the 151-seat legislature would be dissolved. Grabar-Kitarovic said that an absolute majority of lawmakers had told her that they were in favour of a snap parliamentary election.

The parliament is expected to adopt a decision on its self-dissolution on Monday, and the decision is expected to take effect in mid-July so that a snap election could be held in early September.

Asked by reporters whether the HDZ would have have him at its helm for the early parliamentary election, Karamarko said that that remained to be seen.

Karamarko does not think that he is a burden to the HDZ, recalling the party's victories in elections in recent years.

"We need to pull ourselves out of this situation. I will do everything that the party needs at this moment," Karamarko said describing himself as a responsible person.

The cabinet which was led by non-partisan premier Oreskovic and which consisted of HDZ and Bridge party ministers, was given a no-confidence vote on Thursday following the HDZ motion to impeach Oreskovic.

The whip of the Bridge party club, Miroslav Simic, said on Thursday that the HDZ used Oeskovic to come to power by proposing him for premier and hoping at the same time that he and the Bridge party would not be able to see through the HDZ's political games.

"Since it has turned out that this will not be as they planned, they are now toppling you and this cabinet, as they want to have all the power for themselves, without any pebbles in their shoes," Simic said in the parliament during a debate on the HDZ-sponsored motion for a no-vote confidence in PM Oreskovic.

Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov said after Oreskovic's impeachment on Thursday that Bridge was in favour of an early election and hoped that it would not be held before the autumn. Petrov ruled out any possibility of a parliamentary reshuffle.

"The HDZ can talk about reshuffles and only dream about mustering the support of 76 MPs. I believe that if not yesterday, today they, too, have become aware that they do not have the support of 76 MPs. In my opinion, they have just jumped into an abyss fully aware of what they are doing but you have to ask them why they did that."

Before the impeachment, the HDZ leadership claimed that it had sufficient support from lawmakers for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister and to form a new parliamentary majority in the existing parliament to form a new government which would be headed by Zdravko Maric, the finance minister in the Oreskovic cabinet.

Last update: Thu, 23/06/2016 - 15:40
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