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Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic on Sunday declined to comment on President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic's statement that she can respond to Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic only with irony, saying that he had not read the president's Facebook post because he had more important things to do.

"I haven't seen it or read it because I didn't have time, so it would not be fair of me to comment on it. We have more important things to do, no offence to anyone. But if someone else who read that would like to comment on it, that  would be okay, let them do it. I really do not wish to interfere, Milanovic said in Tinjan where he presented his coalition slate for Constituency no.8, headed by MP Zeljko Jovanovic.

Milanovic, however, briefly told reporters,: "The government always governs and it is called caretaker government because it cannot make financial decisions,"

Earlier today, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Hong Kong that she can respond to the latest statement by Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic only with irony.

After Ostojic said on Saturday that she can easily agree the rerouting of refugees with her friends in Serbia, Grabar Kitarovic wrote on Facebook: "With his statement today, the caretaker Minister Ostojic admitted that this caretaker government isn't capable of running the country and that they are leaving the executive powers to me. I will do that as soon Constitution allows me to." 

Today she said her post was ironic. "You can reply to the latest statements by Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic with nothing but irony. That's what I did and I did it over Facebook and not officially. Of course, I was not serious because I have no Constitutional powers and this is exactly what I am saying to Minister Ostojic, because he had told me that I could resolve the crisis with Serbia in five minutes and that he was leaving me the executive powers which I do not have," Grabar-Kitarovic said in Hong Kong.

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