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Outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said on Thursday that he would hand over his duties to the new prime minister if parliament approved him and his cabinet, stressing that the length of the parliamentary debate on the new government would be decided by lawmakers themselves.

Milanovic said it was inappropriate to present cabinet ministers in a hotel, adding that the Banski Dvori building should remain government headquarters. "Political parties are the centre of political activity, while a gathering of experts in a cafe only erodes confidence in democracy. All this looks like a parody, despite the fact that some of these people are indeed decent and competent."

Milanovic said that he was leaving a better and freer Croatia with more stable finances, better tax revenues and greater human freedoms.

Commenting on an announcement by a member party of the ruling coalition that the Life Partnership Act would be repealed, Milanovic said that that was a possibility, but noted that in some cases companies had announced their withdrawal from countries that considered abolishing such laws. "This law is a reasonable solution and the country should not be pushed backed into the Middle Ages."

Speaking to the press in the coastal city of Zadar, Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner said that he believed that the parliamentary discussion on the new government on Friday would not "drag on into the small hours of the night" and would pass in a constructive and dignified atmosphere.

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