Member of the European Parliament Andrej Plenkovic said at a Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) electoral convention on Saturday that the party could not be a hostage to the political fate of any of its members.
"I don't want to get into the merit of the case we have been talking about lately, but it should be said openly that the current political crisis in the government and the upcoming vote in parliament on confidence in the First Deputy Prime Minister, the HDZ president (Tomislav Karamarko), is a bad signal both for the government and the party," he said during a discussion at the convention.
Plenkovic said party loyalty should be guarded but that the relevant institutions should clear up the whole case of Karamarko's possible conflict of interest.
Plenkovic reiterated that the stability of the government and the HDZ were "most important" and that personal ambition must come second. "The highest standards of transparency, responsibility and integrity are expected of modern politicians, which is the prerequisite of credible political activity," he said, adding that it was up to the HDZ to analyse the political connotations of this situation.
"I think the party can't be a hostage to the political fate of any of its members," he said, adding that circumstances which even in traces could recall the events involving the HDZ of a couple of years ago would certainly be harmful and affect the party's results in the next election.