The First Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader, Tomislav Karamarko, has said that HDZ secretary-general Milijan Brkic's decision to withdraw his candidacy for War Veterans Minister would result in the government not having a top minister Brkic would definitely have been.
"He is a brilliant man who was nominated to that post by the HDZ whose support, as well as my personal, he has enjoyed. Mr Brkic was absolutely the best solution for that position and I regret that he has decided to withdraw. We discussed his decision which I accepted with regret but I understand and support it because it includes his personal position," Karamarko wrote on his Facebook account.
The HDZ leader also said that he especially regretted the fact that those involved in the decision-making process had not recognised the importance of Brkic's ability to contribute to dealing with veterans' problems with his reputation and authority which he undoubtedly enjoyed in the veteran community.
"We have witnessed a decision by a man with beliefs and character, whose decisions and the firmness in their representation could have been used to the general well-being and better work of this government," Karamarko wrote.
Brkic said on Sunday that he was withdrawing from the process of selecting the new veterans minister due to the failure of the ruling majority to reach agreement on the matter, noting, among other things, that the post of minister of war veterans' affairs must not be "a training ground for relentless political one–upmanship".