Pusic says three months of searching for ministers not good

The Croatian People's Party (HNS) leader and outgoing Foreign Minister, Vesna Pusic, said on Monday that "it does not sound good" that even three months after the parliamentary election the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge party had not agreed on cabinet ministers.

Asked by reporters at a news conference in the HNS headquarters whether the Opposition would obstruct the motion for a vote of confidence in the new government on Friday, the deadline for the formation of the government, Pusic said that there were no problems with the time frame.

"This is not about the time squeeze, because it is not a problem if the President (Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic) gives another 30 days to the premiers-designate, formally there is one premier-designate (Tihomir Oreskovic), however, de facto Tomislav Karamarko and Bozo Petrov are putting together the government," Pusic said referring to the HDZ and Bridge leaders.

Following the proposal by Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner that the debate ahead of the vote of confidence motion be limited to parliamentary groups in a bid to shorten the time for discussion, Pusic said that no restrictions should be imposed in that regard. She said that "it would be logical to allow all parliamentary deputies to discuss such an important matter as the appointment of a new government."

Pusic said that "we are still in a sort of limbo" even three months after the election because "we do not know who will head the ministerial departments."

Pusic held the news conference to present candidates for her party's leadership.

Last update: Mon, 18/01/2016 - 13:19

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