SDP demands Karamarko's resignation

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) group in the Croatian Parliament on Wednesday called for the resignation of First Deputy Prime Minister and HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko, claiming that because of business transactions between his wife and a consultant for the Hungarian oil and gas group MOL he put his private interests before national ones.

"If he refuses to go, if he shows utter contempt for Croatian citizens and their interests, the SDP group will then initiate a procedure for his impeachment in Parliament," SDP MP Pedja Grbin said.

Grbin recalled the case of Mijo Crnoja of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) who resigned just days after taking office. "HDZ members of government always have one and the same flaw, they put their private interests before public interests," he said.

Commenting on the latest revelation by Nacional weekly that Ana Karamarko's marketing agency had done business with Petrovic's consulting firm, Grbin wondered how it was possible that a small and unknown Croatian firm had managed to find a client who paid it 20,000 kuna every month in the middle of a severe economic crisis.

He said Mr Karamarko was not bothered by the fact that his wife's company was connected with MOL when deciding on arbitration in the INA case or by the fact that a person who was paying 20,000 kuna a month to his wife's company was hired by MOL to conduct political intelligence activities in Croatia.

Last update: Thu, 23/06/2016 - 15:40

More from Croatia

Dalic presents gov't action plan to Zadar entrepreneurs

The government's action plan to relieve enterprises of red tape introduces more than a hundred measures designed to...

EBRD seeks consultant to improve governance of Croatian state-owned enterprises

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has invited expressions of interest in the provision of...

Eurostat: Croatia's public debt down for third consecutive quarter

Croatia's public debt at the end of September 2016 was HRK 289.1 billion, 1.2 billion less than at the end of...

Croatia's registered unemployment rate rises to 14.8% in Dec 2016

The registered unemployment rate in Croatia rose to 14.8% in December 2016, increasing for the third month in a row...

Croatia presents investment opportunities to Alibaba

Representatives of the Chinese online company Alibaba are considering the Zadar area in Croatia as a location for...