Croatian People's Party (HNS) MP Goran Beus Richembergh on Tuesday commented on an appeal by Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic for more tolerance in public dialogue saying that it was primarily directed at First Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko as it isn't easy for the prime minister to listen to radical messages and announcements from his associates every day.
"That message is above all addressed to Tomislav Karamarko who uses every party appearance to announce new ideas threatening or radicalising public discourse. I hope that he will get the message," Richembergh told a press conference.
Richembergh welcomed the prime minister's message but added that it should have been uttered the first night he was appointed as prime minister, considering that now it is not easy for him to listen to radical announcements from his key associates from the Patriotic Coalition who "have radicalised public discourse, and now the prime minister has to control the damage done by announcements made by the first deputy prime minister."
I am convinced that party heads in the HDZ wish to draw public attention away from real problems by creating an atmosphere of fear and anxiety which does not allow the normal functioning of society, Richembergh said.
He said that the country was burdened with numerous outstanding issues and problems. He added that the Patriotic Coalition and Bridge spent three months convincing the public that they had a defined set of reforms.
From the first day of being inaugurated, parliament has been discussing reports from 2014 and the government has not forwarded even one reform proposal to parliament. That is a devastating fact and the Patriotic Coalition and Bridge are continuing to be preoccupied with themselves" Richembergh underscored.
He added that PM Oreskovic himself said that they did not have a symbolic 100-day period and that they would immediately embark on the challenges awaiting them. He noted that the government still doesn't have all its ministers nor do they know who their assistants will be.