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Croatia's Prime Minister-designate Tihomir Oreskovic on Thursday presented ministerial nominees and on Friday the national parliament is to take a vote of confidence in the Oreskovic cabinet.

Presenting his team, Oreskovic said he had held a meeting with the nominees on Thursday morning, describing the meeting as "very positive and full of energy".

Oreskovic also praised the nominees as people "ready for every challenge lying ahead."

According to a list which was handed out to reporters before the start of Oreskovic's news conference, the cabinet includes two deputy prime ministers: Tomislav Karamarko of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) who will be the first deputy prime minister, and Bozo Petrov of the Bridge party.

As for the ministerial departments,  Zdravko Maric will be at the helm of the finance ministry, Miro Kovac at the helm of the foreign affairs ministry, while Tomislav Panenic is to run the economy ministry and Josip Buljevic the defence ministry.

Also, Ante Sprlje is the nominee for the justice ministry and Dubravka Jurlina Alibegovic is to head the ministry of public administration.

Furthermore, the new minister for small and medium enterprises is to be Darko Horvat and the nominee for the labour and pension system is Nada Sikic, while Oleg Butkovic is the nominee for the new infrastructure and transport minister and Davor Romic is to head the agriculture ministry.

According to Oreskovic's presentation, the tourism ministry will be headed by Anton Kliman, the construction and zoning ministry is to be headed by Lovro Kuscevic while Slaven Dobrovic is to be at the helm of the ministry of environment protection.

The nominee for the health minister is Dario Nakic and the nominee for the war veterans' affairs Mijo Crnoja.

The science and education ministry is to be run by Predrag Sustar, while Zlatko Hasanbegovic is the nominee for the culture minister.

The regional development and EU funds ministry is to led by Tomislav Tolusic and the social welfare and youth ministry is to be led by Bernardica Juretic.

 The list does not give a candidate for the interior minister, however, Vlaho Orepic is likely to run this ministry, according to unofficial information.

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