Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Zoran Milanovic said on Tuesday that this strongest opposition party would tomorrow initiate in parliament the impeachment of First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko, accusing him of putting the interest of the Hungarian energy company MOL ahead of Croatia's interests.
"Tomorrow we will ask in parliament that the process of Karamarko's impeachment be initiated. This is about the political accountability of the first deputy prime minister who evidently, with his actions, is putting MOL's interest before state interests. Karamarko, (his) HDZ (party) and MOL have the same interests when it comes to (Croatian oil company) INA. The HDZ's coalition partners will have to say by voting in parliament if the interests of the Republic of Croatia or the interests of Karamarko and MOL are important to them," Milanovic said on Facebook.
The SDP asked for Karamarko's resignation in parliament last week, accusing him of putting private interests before national ones because of his wife's business dealings with MOL consultant Josip Petrovic.
"We are clearly asking that... Karamarko... resign over how he has been performing his duties, over the fact that he continuously put private interest and his own pocket before the public interest. That's why he must go and if he doesn't, if he shows utter contempt for Croatian citizens and their interests, then the SDP group in this parliament will initiate his impeachment," SDP MP Pedja Grbin said on that occasion.
"Nacional" weekly recently published a contract between a company owned by Karamarko's wife Ana Saric Karamarko and a company owned by MOL lobbyist Josip Petrovic which shows that he paid her company at least EUR 60,000 for consulting and media analysis in the period after Karamarko was elected president of the HDZ and before his coming into power early this year.