Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic in parliament on Wednesday refuted allegations from the Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) motion to impeach him that he had abused the intelligence system, stressing that the real reason for the impeachment motion was the fact that he had refused to appoint people at the helm of the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) whom he believed did not meet the conditions required by the law to perform this duty.
"All accusations against me are false and unfounded. Never in the history of Croatia's democracy has there been a case that a ruling majority or some of its members have launched a motion to impeach a prime minister they picked, especially with such grave accusations," Oreskovic said.
"The accusation that I have tried to introduce a chancellor dictatorship is so absurd that I will not waste words on in. I refute in the strongest terms the claims that I have abused and politicised (intelligence) services. The problems is that I did not succumb to pressure to appoint people at the helm of SOA who in my opinion have not met the conditions for the job," the prime minister said.
Oreskovic underscored that he made the decision to appoint Daniel Markic as SOA chief together with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, in the best interest of Croatia, adding that Markic's work so far was proof that his decision was the right one.
He underscored that all of his contacts with Markic were within the framework of his legal and constitutional powers.