First Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko said on Tuesday that the HDZ should be respected and that he was sure that his party would secure the support of the required number of lawmakers (at least 76) to form a new government.
Addressing a news conference at which he announced his party's decision to file a motion for a vote of no-confidence in Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, who took office as a non-partisan premier at the helm of the cabinet consisting of the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition and the Bridge reformist party, Karamarko said that he wanted to see that "HDZ is respected by PM Oreskovic and the Bridge (party)."
Asked by reporters if the HDZ would have enough support from lawmakers to vote no confidence in PM Oreskovic, the HDZ chief said that he called on all who think that the current performance (of the government) was not good to help halt this trend.
Asked about a snap election, Karamarko said that the HDZ was ready for the early election, although his party considered this to be the last option.
However, he seemed reserved to the elections, insisting that Croatia should not lose six more months before the next early elections.
Karamarko also ruled out reporters' speculations that the ongoing situation had caused a rift in the HDZ.