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Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko said on Thursday that the new government would certainly be stable and that it would be backed by supporters of genuine reforms that would make it possible for the Croatian economy to grow.

"This will be a stable government. You can see that when we elected the parliament speaker (Zeljko Reiner of the HDZ), we secured 88 votes, and I am sure that we will have as many votes tomorrow," Karamarko said ahead of Friday's parliamentary session at which ministerial nominees presented today by Prime Minister-Designate Tihomir Oreskovic would seek approval.

Asked by reporters in the HDZ headquarters about the prospects of the Oreskovic cabinet, Karamarko said today it would be "a stable government."

I expect all who want genuine reforms to support us, the HDZ chief added.

We are ready for reforms and we have programmes, he said.

Regarding the possibility that the Opposition might make Friday's parliamentary session longer than expected, Karamarko said "there will be some show" by those who in the last four years "ran the country in a circus-like manner".

Karamarko said that the future ministers were not selected based on their "political power" but according to their competence.

"Browse their CVs and you can see that those are professionals," Karamarko said.

As for the HDZ, he said that the party had strongly recovered in the last three years and that time had come to introduce a new wave of young politicians from the HDZ who were ready for change.

Commenting on the decision of prosecutors to drop an investigation into HDZ official Josipa Rimac, who reportedly had been a hopeful for a post in the new government, Karamarko said that the Rimac case had been launched to burden the HDZ.

"I congratulate her, as this (investigation) had troubled her and her family," he said, adding that it was curious that the anti-corruption investigative agency USKOK had published its decision today when PM-Designate Oreskovic presented the new cabinet. Karamarko said that he was sure that there would be a post for Rimac in the new executive authorities, praising her for her operative abilities.

Asked by the press to comment on statements by Culture Minister nominee Zlatko Hasanbegovic that Croatia won only once and that it happened in the 1991-1995 Homeland Defence War, Karamarko said that the positive attitude towards the Homeland Defence War did not mean downplaying the importance of anti-Fascism.

"The victory in the Homeland Defence War was anti-Fascism and also anti-Communism. We are against all totalitarianisms," Karamarko said praising Hasanbegovic as a young and promising scholar.

Hasanbegovic, born in Zagreb in 1973, has a doctoral degree in history, and works at the Institute of Social Sciences "Ivo Pilar" in Zagreb.

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