tomislav karamarko, hdz.jpg
Photograph: HINA/ Daniel KASAP/ dk

Nine long-standing members of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Saturday requested that the leader Tomislav Karamarko should step down from all positions he had in the HDZ, which, they believe, will pave the way for the election of a new leadership that can prepared the party for the forthcoming snap parliamentary vote.

The nine founders of the HDZ say in a press release that the HDZ under Karamarko's chairmanship was a discontinuation of the party policy pursued by Franjo Tudjman, the founder and the first president of the HDZ and Croatia.

They also criticise Karamarko for a failed policy which they label as the main cause why the HDZ did not manage to ensure a victory at the previous parliamentary election although Croatia had been then led by the "most unsuccessful (SDP) government" at the time.

They recall that the HDZ came to power in January (after the inconclusive parliamentary election in November 2015), "exclusively thanks to the political will of the Bridge party".

The government (established in late January) has been in permanent conflict with Karamarko due "to his dissatisfaction with his position and role in that government," the disgruntled founders write. Karamarko was Deputy Prime Minister in the cabinet led by non-partisan Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, and this cabinet was given a vote of no confidence last Thursday following the HDZ-sponsored motion to that effect.

The nine founders believe that Karamarko's dissatisfaction and conflict led to the developments resulting in the topple of the Oreskovic cabinet.

They point an accusing finger at Karamarko for the situation in which the HDZ leadership, together with the Social Democratic Party (SDP), ousted its own government.

A few days ago, the four members of the European Parliament from the HDZ raised their voice against the HDZ plan to topple the Oreskovic cabinet.

They said in a letter to their party colleagues in the national legislature that the interests of the state, government and party come before those of any individual and that toppling the government is not in the nation's interest.

"We are convinced that the interests of the state, government and party come before the interests of any individual. At the moment we believe that the stability and functioning of the government which the HDZ formed is in the nation's interest rather than its toppling. We express our solidarity with you and call on you to vote according to your conscience for Croatia's well being," said the letter signed by MEPs Dubravka Suica, Ivana Maletic, Andrej Plenkovic and Davor Stier.

Nevertheless, HDZ lawmakers persisted in the motion and the government was toppled this past Thursday.

Related stories

HDZ leader: Talks on stable government start now

Motion to impeach PM added to parliamentary agenda

Seks says Karamarko should step down

Croatian government falls after no-confidence motion

Latest news

Red Cross: Bodies of 74 migrants wash ashore in Libya

The bodies of 74 migrants washed ashore in Libya, in the north-western city of Zawiya, a spokesman of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Tuesday.

Ancelotti makes charity donation after middle finger gesture

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti is to donate 5,000 euros (5,200 dollars) to a charity foundation run by the German football federation DFB following his middle finger gesture towards Hertha Berlin fans.

Azerbaijan's long-time leader Aliyev appoints wife as vice president

The long-time president of the oil-rich, Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, appointed his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, as vice president on Tuesday.

HSBC reports 62-per-cent fall in annual profit, blames one-off costs

Banking giant HSBC on Tuesday reported a 62-per-cent fall in its annual profit last year, blaming losses incurred from the sale of HSBC Bank Brazil and other one-off costs.

Le Pen quits meeting with Lebanon's Sunni cleric over headscarf row

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen walked away from a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's senior Muslim Sunni cleric after she refused to wear a headscarf.

Podravka revenues up 15 pct, profit up 54 pct

The Podravka Group that operates in two main business segments: food and pharmaceuticals, generated a net profit in 2016 of HRK 182.4 million, which is 54.7% more than in 2015 without taking into account the one-off effect of consolidating the Zito company or deferred tax returns of Belupo in 2015, according to the company'y unaudited financial statements released on Tuesday.

Chinese prefecture requires all cars to install tracking devices

A prefecture in China’s troubled north-western province of Xinjiang is requiring all vehicles to install satellite tracking devices, a move that comes just weeks after authorities warned against cars being used for terrorist attacks.

Rohingya activist urges companies to stop investing in Myanmar

Foreign companies need to stop investing in Myanmar in order to stop the country's discrimination against its Muslim minority Rohingya, a prominent Myanmar activist said Tuesday.

ASEAN concerned about militarization in disputed South China Sea

South-East Asian countries are concerned about growing militarization in the disputed South China Sea and stressed the need for dialogue to ease tensions, the Philippines’ foreign minister said Tuesday.

HRK 4.5 mln allocated for Croat minority abroad

A total of HRK 4.5 million kuna, or HRK 1.5 million more, has been allocated from the state budget for the Croatian minority living in 12 European countries and the decision on the allocation of the funds was made by state secretary in the Central Office for Croats Abroad, Zvonko Milas.

Iraqi forces shell Mosul airport in advance of storming it

Iraqi forces began shelling Mosul's airport on Tuesday as they make advances in anticipation of seizing it from the extremist Islamic State militia, police chief Raed Jawdat said.

France to slaughter 600,000 ducks to eradicate bird flu

French authorities are planning to slaughter some 600,000 ducks in order to eradicate bird flu from a south-western region, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll confirmed on Tuesday.

Mainly immigrant suburb of Stockholm hit by riots

Dozens of youth clashed with police in a mainly immigrant suburb of the Swedish capital Stockholm on Monday night after an arrest in an underground train station.

Cause of death still unclear in North Korean killing in Malaysia

The cause of death is "still pending" following an autopsy of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's ruler, following his mysterious death at Kuala Lumpur's airport last week, Malaysia's director general of health said Tuesday.

Rebels seek to halt advances by extremist militia in southern Syria

Moderate Syrian rebels launched a counter-attack on Islamic State-linked militants after a series of Islamic State advances in south-western Syria, near the Golan Heights, a monitoring group said Tuesday.