Karamarko says PM-designate will be excellent

Tomislav Karamarko, leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), said after a meeting of the party's National Council on Wednesday that a new prime minister-designate would be presented at around 4 pm without disclosing who that might be and saying only that the PM-designate would be excellent.

He did not wish to say whether the PM-designate had a party membership card, noting that "that will be known and the reaction will be positive once they are presented."

He would not say if the PM-designate was proposed by Bridge or the HDZ, adding that he believed the PM-designate would be excellent.

Asked what position he would hold in the government, Karamarko said: "We will agree on that.... that's not important now. What is important is that we have come to an agreement. It is important that we have good will for reforms. It is vital that we do not lose face as this has gone too far. Let's tone down our vanity and get to work. We will come to an agreement with our colleagues, (my position) might be an important one or maybe not," he said. He added that they had people who "will conduct changes, programmes and reforms in a good way."

Asked about the number of signatures by elected deputies supporting Bridge and the HDZ that was presented to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic yesterday, he said that he believed that number would increase.

The latest information indicates that the leaders of the HDZ and Bridge will jointly present their candidate for PM-designate at 2.30 pm and that all three would then go to meet with the President.

Bridge has confirmed that the PM-designate will be a non-partisan person.

Last update: Wed, 23/12/2015 - 15:52

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