The eighth, 151-member Croatian Parliament was inaugurated on Monday following the November 8 election, and Zeljko Reiner of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) was appointed Speaker of Parliament.
Reiner was the sole candidate for the post, put forward by 79 MPs. He received support from 88 lawmakers, 62 abstained from the vote, while one voted against.
Newly-elected Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner said on Monday that he would propose that the Croatian Parliament be again renamed the Croatian National Parliament, calling for unity and noting that divisions must not be an obstacle to the further progress of the Croatian society.
This is a historic day, a new beginning. Over the past few days I have received e-mails and text messages of support and when I meet with citizens I can see hope and optimism. I am here, ready to form the government as soon as possible and to get down to work, Oreskovic said after the session of parliament at which Zeljko Reiner of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) was elected as parliament speaker.
Asked when he would present members of the new government, Oreskovic said, "We have 30 days and now we will start that process. I am convinced that in those 30 days we will form and present the new government."