Tihomir Oreskovic

Croatian government in 2016: Two PMs in office in the same year

2016 was marked by the shortest term of a Croatian government, the one headed by Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, and the inauguration of the current government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic following a snap 11 September parliamentary election.

Reporters: Oreskovic's government less open to public than Milanovic's

The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) group of research journalists on Tuesday presented the results of a survey conducted among national and local media indicating that almost two-thirds of them considered the previous government of Tihomir Oreskovic to be less open to the public than that of his predecessor Zoran Milanovic.

New Croatian PM assumes office

New Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic took over the office from his predecessor Tihomir Oreskovic on late Wednesday night after 91 lawmakers voted for the new government, 45 voted against and three abstained.

Gov't: Some progress made in implementation of reforms

Certain steps forward have been made in the implementation of the National Reform Programme for this year, but due to limited activities of the caretaker government there was no significant progress, read the report adopted at the last session of the Tihomir Oreskovic cabinet, held on Wednesday. 

Ministry to invite applications for Hina Steering Council's members

The outgoing cabinet of Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Wednesday adopted a draft of tender inviting applications for four positions of the five-member Steering Council of Croatia's news agency Hina.

Outgoing PM says provides new gov't with good starting position

Outgoing Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Wednesday that his cabinet was leaving the new government with a good starting position, underlining the need to pursue fiscal discipline, continue implementing reforms and enhance public companies' governance.

President, PM meet PricewaterhouseCoopers delegation

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Tuesday separately received a delegation of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) company for talks on the organisation of an annual conference of PwC directors from central and eastern Europe in Zagreb on 5 October.

Plenkovic says caretaker gov't should deal with EC's warning

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that a warning the European Commission gave Croatia, for not having transposed into its laws an EU directive aimed at reducing by 30% the cost of establishing a broadband network, should be handled by the caretaker government.

Outgoing PM says will continue career in business

Asked by the press how he saw regional politics and who were Croatia's main partners and allies in regional politics, Oreskovic said that Croatia, as the newest member of the European Union and a member of NATO, had always supported Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

PM and minister wish best to Croatian Police on their day

Croatia's Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic on Thursday sent letters of congratulations to the national police forces that mark Police Day on September 29, the day of St. Michael, the patron saint of Croatian police.

Croatia gov't identifies 15 projects for Juncker investment scheme

The caretaker government led by Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Wednesday adopted a report on the implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe outlined by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as part of which the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) will propose two projects.

Oreskovic: Cooperation with Serbia in tackling refugee crisis excellent

Croatia cooperates excellently with Serbia in efforts to solve the refugee crisis and is prepared for a scenario of of opening a new route of migration via Bosnia and Herzegovina, although this is not very likely, Croatia's caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in Vienna on Saturday after a summit meeting of leaders of countries along the Balkan migration route.

Merkel meets Balkan leaders to discuss migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, stung by several setbacks at the ballot box over her refugees policy, was due in Vienna Saturday for potentially tense talks with the leaders of countries along the Balkan migrant route, AFP reported.

Caretaker gov't grants collateral to Brodotrogir shipyard

The caretaker government on Wednesday held a conference call at which it decided to grant collateral in the amount of EUR 22.9 million to the Hrvatska Brodogradnja Trogir shipbuilding company, owned by the Brodotrogir shipyard.

Oreskovic says today maybe new beginning for EU

Croatia's caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Friday participated in a European Union summit in Bratislava and said afterwards that the messages at the meeting were positive and that today was "perhaps a new beginning" for the EU.

FinMin: Budget almost balanced, expenditures under control

At its first session after Sunday's snap parliamentary election, the caretaker government on Wednesday adopted a report on budget execution in the first half of the year. Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said that the budget execution was above expectations and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic added that these were the best results since 2008.

PM wishes his successor to be brave

After voting in Sunday's early parliamentary election, Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said his successor should be brave.

Outgoing PM backs one HDZ and two Bridge candidates

The outgoing non-partisan Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Friday explicitly supported two Bridge candidates in the September 11 parliamentary election and a Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) candidate, in his brief address to the press before receiving Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople in Zagreb.

PM Oreskovic: Man arrested in Belgrade isn't Croatian spy

Oreskovic told Croatian Television that he expected more information from the Croatian Foreign Ministry, expressing hope that this was not yet another act of provocation by Serbia.

Oreskovic expects excellent data on GDP

Caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said at the start of a government session on Wednesday that he was confident data on GDP in the second quarter of this year would be excellent and that rating agencies were expected to improve the country's credit rating by the end of the year.

PM Oreskovic says situation stable along Croatian border

The Berlin meeting, including prime ministers: Christian Kern of Austria, Boyko Borisov of Bulgaria  Miro Cerar of Slovenia apart from Merkel and Oreskovic, focused on migrants and refugees and the deal to this effect between the EU and Turkey.

Orepic says Oreskovic held consultations before going to Germany

Caretaker Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Saturday that Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic had consulted him about the migration and refugee issue ahead of today's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

President says Croatian PM should have had consultations before going to Germany

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday that caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic should have consulted key political figures in Croatia before tomorrow's meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel because the migration issue, which would be discussed there, was too serious "for someone to trust several foreign policy advisors."

Croatian PM: As far as I know, Vucic is coming to Dubrovnik

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Tuesday said that as far as he was aware, his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic is coming to the Dubrovnik Forum 2016, adding however that that was not definite yet.

Croatian PM announces state collateral for Petrokemija

Caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Tuesday the issue of a loan to the Petrokemija artificial fertiliser manufacturer so that it can pay its debts, was solved and that the government would put up the collateral for it, but not with shares in the Jadran tourism company.

Merkel starts talks with EU leaders, Croatian PM in Berlin on Sat.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel starts a series of meetings with EU members' leaders, and the first round of such meetings is set for Monday when Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hosts the German Chancellor and French President Francois Hollande, while next Saturday, Merkel is to receive prime ministers: Christian Kern of Austria, Boyko Borisov of Bulgaria and Tihomir Oreskovic of Croatia and Miro Cerar of Slovenia.

Oreskovic: Milanovic and Plenkovic didn't criticise one another too harshly

Caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Saturday that the leaders of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Andrej Plekovic and Zoran Milanovic respectively, did not criticise one another too harshly in a debate aired on Friday evening, noting that they were polite to each other.

Croatian PM says fight for economy should be won now

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Friday that he came to Knin on Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day in memory of those who gave their lives and health for Croatia, adding that now was the time to win the fight for a better economy.

PM issues message on Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Thursday congratulated war veterans and all citizens on Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian War Veterans Day, which are observed on August 5.

PM: This year economy could grow by about 2.5%

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Wednesday that this year's economic growth could reach 2.5 percent, more than previously expected, because all the most important indicators were increasing.

Croatian PM visits Badel 1862 company

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Tuesday that the government would approve a decision on a strategic partner for the Badel 1862 alcoholic beverages company if such a decision was made by the Restructuring and Sale Centre (CERP).

Oreskovic says government didn't make any concession to Serbia

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Wednesday the government did not make any concession to Serbia regarding the opening of Chapters 23 and 24, because conditions that Serbia needs to meet in its European Union entry talks are very transparent.

PM: IBM's investment shows Croatia can be competitive globally

The US IT giant IBM will open a centre in Zagreb from which it will provide technical support to its users worldwide, Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

Croatian PM expects Serbia to comply with agreed positions

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic expects Serbia to comply with the conditions for further talks with the European Union, including one that it cannot prosecute Croatian citizens for war crimes, the government said in a press release on Monday.

Croatian Prime Minister says will pay catering bill for his family

Caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Monday that he did not know about the costs of HRK 100,000 for catering services in the Villa Costabella in Opatija, stressing he was confident this amount was not spent on catering, and adding that he would settle those costs.

Oreskovc says will not run in snap election

Caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic has said in an interview with the Vecernji List daily that he will not run in a snap parliamentary election due to the resistance to sound and necessary reforms, but this does not mean that he will say good bye to political activities.

Croatian president, PM say Croatia with France in fight against terrorism

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Friday condemned the terrorist attack in Nice and expressed their condolences to French President Francois Hollande.

Oreskovic: Daily spreads lies about me

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Wednesday dismissed as lies articles in the Jutarnji List daily on his and his family's vacation at the expense of the state budget, and said that the purpose of these attacks was to prevent him from involvement in the campaign for the forthcoming snap parliamentary election.

PM receives striking mine clearance workers

A delegation of striking workers from the Mungos d.o.o. mine clearing company seeking the endorsement of a collective agreement and gross monthly pay increase to HRK 15,000 held a peaceful rally outside the government building on Monday and were received by caretaker prime minister Tihomir Oreskovic who assured them of his support.

Petrov waiting for Oreskovic to decide whether he'll be Bridge's candidate for PM

The leader of the Bridge reformist party, Bozo Petrov, said on Sunday they were still waiting for Tihomir Oreskovic to decide whether he would be their candidate for prime minister, and if he declined, Petrov was ready to take up the post.  

Oreskovic to decide on whether to run in elections with Bridge by July 15

Croatia's caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Monday that he still had not decided whether to participate in early parliamentary elections this fall with the Bridge party and that he would make a decision on the matter by July 15.

Oreskovic, Kovac confirm Serbia soon to open policy area No. 23

Croatia's caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and Foreign Minister Miro Kovac confirmed in Paris on Monday that a solution was close at hand regarding the opening of negotiations on the policy areas Nos. 23 and 24 in Serbia's EU entry talks after Croatia's conditions had been met.

Oreskovic: I still haven't decided on possible future political career

Caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Thursday would not specify if he would remain in politics and perhaps run in the snap parliamentary election on Bridge's slate but he did say that he would not form his own party.

Oreskovic says new parties and new ideas healthy for every democracy

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Wednesday that it was healthy for every democracy to have new parties and new ideas on the scene, saying that at a meeting in Brussels he had asked his Slovenian counterpart Miro Cerar how he formed a new party.

Oreskovic: Croatia's position on Serbia's EU entry talks hasn't changed

Croatia's caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in Brussels on Tuesday evening that Croatia's position on the opening of the policy chapter No. 23 in Serbia's EU entry talks had not changed and that what Croatia insisted on was also insisted on by other member-countries.

Oreskovic says Britons can't have their cake and eat it

Commenting on the talks held at a working dinner at the summit of EU leaders, Oreskovic said that Cameron said that migration was the issue that tipped the scales in favour of Britain's exit from the EU.

Brexit is message that EU needs change, Croatian PM says

The message Britons have sent with their referendum to exit the European Union is that Europe needs change, Croatia's caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in Brussels on Tuesday.

PM says sorry parliament half-empty on Statehood Day

Caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Saturday he was sorry that parliament was half empty for a special session on the occasion of Statehood Day.

Caretaker govt. holds first session

The Tihomir Oreskovic caretaker cabinet on Thursday held its first session since parliament gave it a vote of no confidence last week, discussing nearly 40 items, including numerous bills.

Caretaker govt., state bodies will regularly carry out their duties

"This is our first session as a caretaker government and it is a fact that we will be that for about four months, perhaps longer," Oreskovic said.

Govt. for urgent changes to law on prevention of incidents at sporting events

Oreskovic held a working meeting with Foreign Minister Miro Kovac, Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic, Justice Minister Ante Sprlje, Sports Minister Predrag Sustar, and Security and Intelligence Agency chief Danijel Markic, the government said in a press release.

PM, ministers discuss Croat hooliganism at Euro 2016

Attending the meeting were Foreign Minister Miro Kovac, Minister of the Interior Vlaho Orepic, Justice Minister Ante Sprlje and Science, Education and Sports Minister Predrag Sustar.

Croatia on course towards snap polls after government falls

Croatia was on course towards snap polls on Friday, a day after the government of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic fell in a no-confidence vote and only seven months after the last parliamentary elections.

Oreskovic: Snap election best solution

After the parliament voted no confidence in him on Thursday, Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said that the best solution now would be a snap parliamentary election.

Croatian government falls after no-confidence motion

Croation Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic's cabinet fell Thursday after a no-confidence motion passed with 125 votes in favour, two abstaining and 15 against, increasing the prospect of early elections less than a year since the last polls.

Bridge MP: HDZ made use of Oreskovic to come to power

The whip of the Bridge party club, Miroslav Simic, said on Thursday that the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) made use of (non-partisan technocrat candidate) Tihomir Oreskovic to come to power by proposing him for premier and hoping at the same time that he and the Bridge party would not be able to see through the HDZ's political games.

PM Tihomir Oreskovic: My working on solving INA-MOL dispute didn't suit some

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in parliament on Thursday the real reason for the toppling of his government was that, in order to protect national interests, he began work on dealing with the INA-MOL dispute through the continuation of arbitration and the beginning of new negotiations, which he said did not suit some.

PM says is being impeached for refusing to appoint intelligence agency chief who didn't meet conditions

Oreskovic underscored that he made the decision to appoint Daniel Markic as SOA chief together with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, in the best interest of Croatia, adding that Markic's work so far was proof that his decision was the right one.

Parliament opens discussion on PM's impeachment

Oreskovic arrived in parliament accompanied only by the ministers from the Bridge party. "History is being written, let's finish what what we started," he said when asked by the press how it felt to be impeached by those who brought him to power. 

Karamarko, HDZ ministers won't attend parliamentary debate on PM's impeachment

The HDZ insists on the decision that parliament gives a vote of no confidence in Oreskovic after a joint debate on government-sponsored amendments to the law on mandatory health insurance and on health care.

Oreskovic calls for defusing tensions

Karamarko announced his decision to step down as Deputy Prime Minister, while Petrov said he was ready to resign if this was necessary to preserve the cabinet led by PM Oreskovic.

Petrov: Bridge has not changed its stance

the preservation of the incumbent government, led by Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, or a new parliamentary election, and he urged the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) presidency to show responsibility toward Croatian citizens.

Croatian Prime Minister Oreskovic set to fall in Thursday vote

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic is set to fall with his cabinet just six months into his term in a no-confidence motion Thursday, with the two largest parties against him.

SDP chief says his party will support PM's impeachment

Commenting on the Conflict of Interest Commission's decision in the case of Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko, Milanovic said the decision was irrelevant, saying that the issue was a lot bigger than conflict of interest.

Gov't to convene on Friday

The government will convene on Friday, government officials confirmed to Hina on Wednesday.

Ethnic minorities' caucus to support PM Oreskovic's impeachment

The parliamentary caucus of ethnic minorities decided unanimously on Tuesday to support the motion by the ruling HDZ party for the impeachment of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, Hungarian minority MP Sandor Juhas confirmed on Wednesday.  

Karamarko sure HDZ reshuffle plan to be backed by 76 MPs

"We will have them and that's why we are doing this," he told reporters after a Patriotic Coalition meeting when asked if they would have 76 votes of support in the 151-seat parliament.

HDZ-led coalition positive it will topple PM Thursday

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) secretary-general Domagoj Milosevic said after a Patriotic Coalition meeting at the HDZ's headquarters on Tuesday that the coalition was united in its positions and the steps it would take in the days ahead.

Inner cabinet ministers with no comment on impeachment

An inner cabinet meeting was held on Tuesday, however, ministers were not willing to state whether the government would give its opinion on the Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) motion for a no confidence vote against Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic.

HDZ official: Parliament to vote on PM's impeachment Thursday

Maric said he told the HDZ Presidency he was honoured by the decision nominating him as prime minister designate

Speaker refuses to add request on inquiry commission for SOA to agenda

In its motion the SDP said the President's statement brings into question the lawfulness of her actions because she was obliged, if she had knowledge of any unlawful goings on between Milanovic and Lozancic, to launch appropriate proceedings to punish such behaviour

Contracts signed with INA, Vermilion Energy on onshore hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation

"The contracts have secured half a billion kuna of new investments, and the amount can be higher if new quantities of oil and gas are discovered," PM Oreskovic said after the signing ceremony, noting that oil would be processed in Croatian refineries.

Oreskovic: I won't step down and will respond to accusations in the Sabor

He underscored that the situation would be resolved in parliament. "The Sabor will decide whether there will be an election or not," he added.

Petrov: HDZ should prove support of 76 MPs or nominate new deputy PM

Petrov called on the HDZ to line up the 76 deputies allegedly supporting it in parliament for a government reshuffle or to nominate someone else to replace Karamarko as deputy prime minister, or else a snap election will be called.

Tudjman says Oreskovic's staying at gov't helm unrealistic

Tudjman told the press in parliament he had no information on the names mentioned as possible new prime ministers- designate, such as incumbent ministers Zdravko Maric and Oleg Butkovic, but noted that "they are decent people".

Bridge MP says party supports Oreskovic

A member of Parliament from the Bridge party, Miro Bulj, said on Thursday the party stuck by its previous position on support to Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and that the only alternative to that was a snap election. 

Karamarko: It would be best if Oreskovic, Petrov and I left government

"It would be good if Oreskovic, Petrov and I left. The HDZ will nominate a prime minister-designate. We will do our best to overcome the problems. It would be best if the government leadership was renewed and if it started anew," Karamarko said.

Bridge MP: Oreskovic, Karamarko and Petrov should leave government

Speaking to reporters in the parliament, Misic said that he had not heard Petrov's statement that Bridge would not take part in any government reshuffle should Karamarko decide to topple the government.

Jandrokovic: Motion for PM's impeachment should be reviewed

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) member of Parliament Gordan Jandrokovic said on Wednesday that the HDZ should review the expediency of the motion for the impeachment of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic or leave it to the MPs to vote ...

Motion to impeach PM added to parliamentary agenda

The Croatian Parliament on Wednesday added to its agenda a motion to impeach Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, put forward by MPs of the Patriotic Coalition's HDZ and HSP AS parties.

Reiner: It's logical to discuss confidence in PM first

Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) said on Tuesday that it was logical that Parliament should first discuss the HDZ's motion for a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic.

Hrast in favour of further cooperation with Bridge, against early election

Hrast said that an early election would cost too much and would give the Social Democratic Party (SDP) a chance to return to power. It said that it would support only those moves by the HDZ that were agreed with Bridge.

Motion for PM's impeachment in parliamentary procedure

Forty-two MPs of the Patriotic Coalition's HDZ and HSP AS parties listed the reasons for the impeachment of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic in their six-point motion and proposed to parliament on Tuesday to give him a vote of no confidence.

SDP hasn't decided how it will vote on PM's impeachment

Milanovic told the press the only sensible decision was to dissolve parliament and call a new election, in September at the latest, although he said it should take place as early as mid-July.

PM: Karamarko is huge burden for government and HDZ

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic reiterated on Tuesday that First Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko was a huge burden for the government and the HDZ.

Foreign media: Key Croatia coalition party moves to topple Prime Minister Oreskovic

The key partner in Croatia's governing coalition will launch a motion to topple Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, its leader said Tuesday.

HDZ chief says party is launching no-confidence vote in PM

"This government is dysfunctional," said Karamarko, while citing reasons why the HDZ would vote no confidence in the current government.

SDP to support motion for no-confidence vote in PM

The government has an eight-day deadline to express its opinion on the motion, which could be then put to the vote in the 151-seat legislature on 17 June at the earliest.

Kovac says Oreskovic called Weber, not Weber him

Kovac said the HDZ would ensure stability in Croatia and carry out the necessary reforms because there could be no incumbent government without the HDZ.

Request for PM's impeachment not yet sent to parliament

The president of the HDZ parliamentary group, Ivan Suker, does not yet know if the HDZ will opt for Oreskovic's impeachment.

President, Parl. Speaker and PM hold meeting over govt crisis

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday morning convened a meeting with Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, a source from the Office of the Croatian President told Hina

We have predispositions for reshuffle, says Karamarko

Speaking to the press after an HDZ Presidency and Main Committee session, Karamarko said, "We concluded that we have the predispositions and good elements to embark on a reshuffle."

Protest against sale of state-owned assets

A protest against the sale of state-owned assets was held in Zagreb's main square on Saturday at which about 200 people demanded the replacement of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, telling him that "a sale is not a reform."

Butkovic: HDZ most likely to seek PM's impeachment

The ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) will most likely seek the impeachment of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic in Parliament, the party's deputy leader and transport minister, Oleg Butkovic, said on Saturday.

Karamarko: I'm not resigning, Oreskovic no longer enjoys HDZ's trust

"I believe it would be a good solution at the moment. We should sit down and see - a new government headed by him or in a different configuration. In any case, we should draw the line and reset things, but he does not enjoy our trust," he said.

Foreign media: Croatian government steps away from collapse after only six months

Croatia's government was steps away from falling on Friday as bickering coalition partners refused to resign from their cabinet posts as demanded by Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, withdrawing support for him.

Karamarko: I'm not resigning, Oreskovic no longer enjoys HDZ's trust

"We won't pull anyone at their sleeve to save this government," Karamarko told an impromptu news conference, adding that a parliamentary reshuffle was possible as well.

Petrov ready to resign if that will help stabilise country

Bozo Petrov, leader of the Bridge party, a junior partner in the ruling coalition, and deputy prime minister, said on Friday he was ready to resign if that would help stabilise the situation in the country.

Analysts: Oreskovic drives last nail in govt's coffin

Puhovski believes that Karamarko and perhaps Petrov will refuse to leave because they do not have anyone in their ranks to replace them.

Foreign media: Coalition heads must go says Croatian premier to men who gave him job

Croatia's nonpartisan prime minister on Friday called for the leaders of the two parties that put him in power to step aside to end a crippling political crisis and allow the country to move forward.