Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in an interview with Media Servis on Wednesday there would be no early election, expressing confidence Daniel Markic would be excellent Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) chief.

Commenting on citizens expectations and messages from the Opposition which is ready for early voting, Oreskovic said he was confident that positive results would be visible in three to six months.

"It is clear to everyone that citizens expect results, that we promised reforms and that we will carry them out. I am confident that after one quarter citizens will see positive signals," Oreskovic said, adding there would be no early election.

Commenting on the Spring 2016 Forecast of the European Commission which mildly reduced its assessment of Croatia's economic growth in 2016 from 2.1% to 1.8%, the prime minister said Croatia's growth would exceed 1.8%. "I am an optimist, we project a 2% growth," he added. 

Commenting on the appointment of the new SOA chief, Oreskovic said that former SOA head Dragan Lozancic resigned last week and expressed confidence that Daniel Markic, who was nominated for the position by Oreskovic and President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, was an excellent person for this job.

Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs and National Security is scheduled to convene later today when Daniel Markic is expected to be appointed new SOA chief.

In early February, President Grabar signed a decision requesting Lozancic's dismissal and about a month ago PM Oreskovic cosigned the decision.

The President requested Lozancic's dismissal claiming that he had violated the Security and Intelligence System Act, the President's Office announced in a press release then.

The President told the SOA Director no longer enjoyed her trust.

PM Oreskovic cosigned the decision at the end of March, saying he did not want to make a hasty decision before gathering all information.

On March 25, Grabar-Kitarovic and Oreskovic co-signed the nomination of Daniel Markic for the post of the director-general of the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA).

World Press Freedom Day was observed yesterday and reporters protested outside the Culture Ministry, dissatisfied with the work of Culture Minister Zlatko Hasenbegovic. Oreskovic claims Hasenbegovic was good at his job, dismissing criticism that the government was suppressing media freedoms.

"Absolutely not. I can tell by my own example. Whenever I get a chance to read the papers these days, my feeling is that the media are entirely free," the PM said.

Oreskovic also confirmed he would most probably attend a commemoration for the victims in Bleiburg, saying he had never been there before.

"I haven't decided yet, but I think I will go. I've been to Jasenovac and that was also the first time for me and I think I would also like to go to Bleiburg to see and pay my respects to those who lost their lives there," Oreskovic said.

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