President to call inaugural parliament session for Dec 3

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Thursday that she would call the inaugural session of the eighth parliament for December 3 and a second round of consultations for appointing a prime minister-designate for December 7.

"I just finished the first round of consultations with representatives of political parties and members of parliament, including members of national minorities elected to the Croatian parliament. They showed that at this moment no one has the sufficient support of members of parliament for becoming prime minister-designate," the president said.

She also voiced her "concern about the fact that some newly-elected deputies informed me that they are exposed to threats and pressures, both political and institutional."

She urged all stakeholders in the political process of choosing a prime minister-designate to be "fully responsible... I urge everyone to respect the voters' will, the laws of the Republic of Croatia, democratic customs and the dignity of government formation."

The president said that to that end she decided to call the inaugural session of the new parliament for December 3. "I feel there's no need to procrastinate. Let parliament be inaugurated and begin to work."

Under the constitution, the president gives the mandate to form the new government to the person who brings her the signatures of at least 76 MPs backing them as prime minister-designate.

The leader of the Croatia Is Growing coalition, Zoran Milanovic, told reporters after the consultations with the president that he had 66 signatures of support, while Patriotic Coalition leader Tomislav Karamarko said he had "a very high number of credible signatures."

Last update: Thu, 26/11/2015 - 20:36
Author: 

Related

President: Time is running out

Croatia

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 18:19

More from Croatia

Minimum wage in 2017 set at HRK 3,276

The Croatian government on Thursday set the minimum wage in 2017 at a gross amount of HRK 3,276 and reduced the...

Croatian Gov't to set up commission to tackle totalitarian symbols issue

The Croatian government will set up a commission which will propose appropriate institutional and legal frameworks...

Croatian PM: Political stability, positive trends oblige us to implement reforms

The government's political stability and favourable macroeconomic trends offer an opportunity as well as impose an...

Vipnet taking over Metronet

Vipnet, a mobile network operator company, has acquired a controlling share in the company "Metronet...

Croatia's gross international reserves EUR 12.9 bn in 2016 June-end

Croatia's gross international reserves stood at 12.9 billion euros at the end of H1 2016, which was 5-6% or 800...