Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Wednesday that former Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic enjoyed the government's support as a candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General and that the government would not obstruct her bid.

"That's a diplomatic post, so I hope when Mrs Pusic returns from New York we'll have a chance to sit and talk about it," Oreskovic told the press in the parliament when asked if he supported her candidacy.

Asked to comment on the fact that members of parliament from the strongest opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP) had not put any questions to him during Question Time in parliament earlier in the day, Oreskovic said he did not think they had ignored him. "Every party can decide who to ask questions, that's democracy," he said.

Before Question Time, the prime minister and his two deputies, Tomislav Karamarko and Bozo Petrov, were presented by deputies from the opposition Croatian People's Party (HNS) with alarm clocks in orange, the party's trademark colour, which Oreskovic said was "sweet".

"I don't know what the message was. I think this government is functioning well now and our message is clear. Yesterday we saw a message from the IMF, which reaffirmed its growth forecast. As a former financier, I look at figures and it is important to me that we are moving forward. You will soon see what has been our plan from the start," Oreskovic said, adding that next week the government would announce how it intended to reduce the debt by 150-200 million euros.

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