The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) candidate for the position of prime minister designate, Zdravko Maric, on Friday declined to speculate about the number of signatures the HDZ had collected to form a new government, saying that the important thing was that a constructive solution was being sought and that a possible new government would have good foundations to make significant headway and to achieve stability and improvement on the economic front.
We are a caretaker government, it is important to say that this is not the first time that we have a caretaker government, all obligations will be met in accordance with the law, Maric said at Zagreb's central cemetery after laying wreaths at the grave of Croatia's first president Franjo Tudjman.
Commenting on a reporter's remark that the HDZ had criticised the Tihomir Oreskovic cabinet for finances and now nominated him who was finance minister in that cabinet as prime minister designate, Maric said the government was responsible in doing its job.
"I am aware of challenges and risks as well as of things that must be done. It is very clear to me what must be done to lift Croatia to a stable and sustainable level," Maric said.
Commenting on the fact that Ivan Suker on behalf of the HDZ club of deputies have criticised the government's economic and monetary policy, Maric stressed the monetary policy was not in the jurisdiction of the government, only economic and fiscal policies.