Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief and First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic still enjoyed the support of the strongest parliamentary party, underscoring however, that if Oreskovic were to lose the support he would no longer be prime minister.
"As far as my confidence in the prime minister goes, Tihomir Oreskovic still enjoys the support of the HDZ as the strongest parliamentary party. When he won't have that support then he will no longer be prime minister," Karamarko wrote on his Facebook wall.
He added that he would have liked if an agreement concerning the proposal for the appointment of the head of the Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA) had been reached at the level of the entire government but that did not occur as Prime Minister Oreskovic decided to officially nominate his own candidate. "The proposed candidate is not my choice however I did not question nor will I question the prime minister's formal right to propose his candidate," he underscored.
Karamarko added that the appointment of the head of the security-intelligence system was yet another issue that took too long to resolve and underscored that now, that that has been resolved, he expects the prime minister to focus on key issues for which he had received HDZ's trust, primarily the economy and investments.
Last week President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic reached an agreement with Prime Minister Oreskovic concerning the appointment of the head of the security-intelligence system and co-signed a proposal that Daniel Markic be appointed new SOA director, and Pjer Simunovic the head of the National Security Council Office. President Grabar-Kitarovic did not wish to comment on media headlines that the HDZ strongly opposed Markic's appointment.
Karamarko recently told reporters that his party had two candidates for the helm of SOA however, he did not wish to release any names.