Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Tomislav Karamarko commented on Facebook on Thursday on criticisms regarding the legitimacy of Prime Minister-Designate Tihomir Oreskovic, saying Oreskovic's expertise and the Croatian parliament gave him legitimacy.
"We have a prime minister-designate. Now that he is a businessman of world renown, now that a Croat has come from abroad, a top expert, now legitimacy is a problem. We in the HDZ know that that's not the problem but the fact that the HDZ, the Patriotic Coalition and (the) Bridge (party) have agreed on the prime minister-designate," Karamarko wrote.
Oreskovic's expertise and the Croatian parliament give him legitimacy, he said. Parliament is a representative body to which citizens directly elect their representatives who, as representatives of the people, vote on confidence in the government, he added.
Karamarko said the "Constitution does not stipulate the direct election of the prime minister." "Had we wanted such an election, we would have put it in the Constitution. Every once in a while we swear by parliamentary democracy, but when it needs to be applied, then some people negate it," he added.