The Croatian Parliament on Wednesday added to its agenda a motion to impeach Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, put forward by MPs of the Patriotic Coalition's HDZ and HSP AS parties.
The motion is added to the agenda immediately, without voting, Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner said, citing the parliamentary Standing Orders.
The government now has eight days to voice its opinion about the motion. The parliament must decide on the motion to impeach the PM within 30 days. Should parliament decide to give Oreskovic a vote of no-confidence, the government will be toppled, after which a new parliamentary majority must be raised within 30 days to support a new PM designate and government.
Deputies listed the reasons for the impeachment of Oreskovic in a six-point motion and proposed to parliament on Tuesday to give him a vote of no confidence.
They claim that, contrary to his promises, he did not deal with the economy, social issues and job creation, but with "the personnel policy in the repressive apparatus," reproaching him for "maintaining political tension in the state in the interest of gaining personal political power," and for going to the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA), instead of holding an important government session, for talks about which he did not wish to speak to his deputies and ministers.
They also claim that by cancelling a government session half an hour before it was due without informing its members of the reasons, he showed, "with an incredible degree of political irresponsibility," that he does not understand the constitutional order of the state nor its parliamentary political system, i.e. the fact that "the prime minister is not the chancellor."
"With such behaviour, he brought into question the functioning of the whole executive authority," say the signatories to the impeachment motion.
By cancelling a government session because of a mysterious meeting at SOA, Oreskovic "consciously made that Agency a political factor in the Republic of Croatia, which is incredible for a democratic society," which can be interpreted as an introduction to an attempt at a "chancellor's dictatorship with the help of the repressive apparatus."
The signatories to the motion accuse Oreskovic of an "utter absence of will" to cooperate with the politicians who entrusted him with running the government, as evidenced by his request for the resignation of the leaders of the parties on whose support his mandate depends. "That has led to the non-functioning of the government run by Oreskovic and he, as its leader, bears the biggest responsibility for that."
"On account of such irresponsible political behaviour and the fact that Oreskovic, as a person without political legitimacy, is seeking the resignations of the people who appointed him, the functioning of the state and its financial stability are jeopardised," the motion says.
The motion was not signed by the coalition partners from the HSLS, HSS and BUZ parties and Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic's party. It was not signed by all HDZ MPs.
Thirty-one signatures are required to initiate impeachment.
HDZ MPs Miroslav Tudjman and Damir Krsticevic said on Wednesday they did not sign the motion to impeach Oreskovic because they believe this would lead to new elections which Croatia does not need at this moment.
The two refuted speculation that they were part of a new faction within the HDZ. "When there are no different opinions, then that is political conformism, and when there are (different opinions), then it is new factions. We need to learn that there are different opinions," Tudjman said.