The secretary-general of the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), Igor Dragovan, said on Saturday that a vast majority of members of Parliament had voted no confidence in the government, that close to 90 MPs had submitted motions for the parliament's dissolution and that after consultations with Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner he expected that the parliament's dissolution would be put on the agenda of the parliamentary session to be held on Monday and that MPs would vote for its dissolution.
"Anything else would go directly against the interests of Croatian citizens," Dragovan told reporters in Split, noting that Reiner would have to put the discussion on the parliament's dissolution on the agenda of Monday's session because a sufficient number of MPs had requested it.
"After the item is included in the agenda, a discussion will ensue and a decision will be made. As you can see, a part of the ruling coalition, too, is in favour of dissolving the parliament. I do not want to believe that putting the item on the agenda could be delayed given that during consultations on Friday, the Parliament Speaker said that he would do it at the session on Monday," Dragovan said.
Asked when his party wanted early elections to be held, Dragovan said that it was in the interest of citizens to hold elections in early September but that the decision on that was in the hands of President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.
Commenting on the hooliganism of Croatian soccer fans at a Euro 2016 match between Croatia and the Czech Republic on Friday, Dragovan said: "There must be very clear and strong political will to amend the Act on the Prevention of Violence at Sporting Events to introduce much harsher penalties for incidents that cause harm to everyone, primarily Croatia, its citizens, the national football team and the country's reputation."
He stressed that the SDP caucus had prepared and would submit to parliament for discussion amendments to that law to help prevent hooliganism at sporting events.
"We are all well aware of who has been in charge of Croatian soccer for a long time, so they definitely are responsible to a certain extent, but it's no time for criticism now. We should all work together to find solutions that will put an end to such incidents."
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