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Health Minister Sinisa Varga has won an inglorious competition for the most sexist statement by a politician in the period from May 2013 to November 2015.

In an opinion poll, organised ahead of the November 8 parliamentary election by the Centre for Education, Counselling and Research (CESI), citizens were asked to choose among six sexist remarks and they chose as the most sexist Minister Varga's statement "We love when nurses wear tight uniforms" which he made at an award-giving ceremony for the best woman doctor and nurse on World Day of the Sick in February.

The second place was won by Croatian Democratic Union MP Dujomir Marasovic who said: "Politics is a difficult job, a miner's job, women do not want to engage in politics because then they cannot stay at home with children and have to neglect their families."

The third most sexist statement was one made by Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic: "This is only the first stage of revamping Dolac (Zagreb's central market place). It's like putting makeup on. It's like a girl to whom God was not very generous in terms of virtues trying to get married and wishing to leave an impression of being a lady... It's only the outward appearance - making oneself up with no real worth inside."

CESI has been organising the opinion poll since 2007 to pillory political parties that ignore balanced gender representation of at least 40% of candidates of both sexes on political slates.

The previous winners of the survey are Anto Kovacevic, Vjekoslav Marochini, Vladimir Seks and Zoran Milanovic.

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