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The government of new Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Saturday held its first working meeting after it was approved by lawmakers on late Friday night.

Before the meeting, reporters asked Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko about the criticism which the appointment of historian Zlatko Hasanbegovic for Culture Minister elicited from some nongovernmental organisations and also from some Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) members, and the HDZ leader said that only some "lobbies and circles" and not professionals seemed to oppose Hasanbegovic's nomination.

I do not see anything bad in what Mr. Hasanbegovic has said, Karamarko replied in his reaction to the claims that Hasanbegovic's appointment is controversial.

As for Hasanbegovic's statement about platitudes about anti-Fascisms, Karamarko said that the statement had been taken out the context by those "who want to equate anti-Fascism with the Communist terror."

"Those are people who do not want to admit Communist crimes," Karamarko said elaborating that they seemed unwilling to admit that Josip Broz Tito stood behind those Communist crimes.

Karamarko countered why those human rights activists did not campaign for the change of the name of Tito Square in Zagreb and added that the Oreskovic cabinet "will be anti-Fascist, anti-Communist and anti-totalitarian."

Culture Minister Hasanebogic told reporters that he hoped that the culture policy would be in the focus in the coming days.

"I think that in the coming days more talk will be about the culture policy, that it will be the main topic in my talks also with journalists, and primarily in my talks with protagonists in the culture sector, as they are most important," the minister said. 

On Saturday, several new ministers stepped in at formal ceremonies during which they took over their departments from their predecessors.

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