Karamarko to step down as Deputy PM - unofficial sources

Deputy Prime Minister and HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko will on Wednesday tender his resignation, sources from parties in the HDZ-led coalition said on Tuesday evening, however, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) did not confirm the information this evening.

The sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Karamarko had stated that his resignation was a part of the strategy of the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition.

He said that he did not want to be a burden on the next government, according to the unofficial sources.

Karamarko said earlier on Tuesday the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition would have the support of 76 lawmakers for a new government and that he expected the Conflict of Interest Commission to hand down a "normal and equitable decision" in his case on Wednesday.

He explained that he expected a "normal and equitable decision" from the Conflict of Interest Commission. "Which is that I wasn't nor am in any conflict of interest. I can't believe that the decision would be different because that would be grotesque."

Asked what would happen if the Commission found that he was in conflict, Karamarko said he would look for other ways to prove the truth and defend himself.

The Conflict of Interest Commission will make public its decision on Wednesday concerning allegations that Karamarko was in a conflict of interest because his wife was in a business relationship with MOL's lobbyist and consultant Jozo Petrovic.

The Commission, which is established by the parliament and which consists of independent experts, launched the procedure to establish if Karamarko was in a conflict of interest on 18 May.

 

Last update: Tue, 14/06/2016 - 22:35
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