Croatia’s Conservative HDZ Say They Cannot Participate in Divvying-up Loot

Croatia's new government will come either as a result of political blackmail or new elections political blackmail

Croatia’s new government
will come either as a result of political blackmail
or new elections

 

A day two before Christmas 2015 Croatia just may be put out of misery and torture if the president announces new elections!

Ever since the 8 November 2015 general election results which gave no political coalition the majority needed to form a government Croatia’s political battlefield has taken on the dynamics of nothing less than the engrossingly dramatic and twisted TV series “Game of Thrones” (many episodes of which were actually filmed in Croatia). The Most or Bridge coalition, that holds the decisive number of seats with which a government could be formed with either the centre-right HDZ or the centre-left SDP, has through its leader Bozo Petrov been insisting on forming a tripartite government, combining both HDZ and SDP and having a non-party member – a professional – Prime Minister! I personally am not aware that being a Prime Minister was a profession one trained for and stayed in as a matter of career choice, but Petrov most likely means a person who is a proven professional in a recgonised and, hopefully, relevant field such as economy, business development, justice, law etc.
Whatever Petrov and the Bridge coalition mean it does not matter for it simply cannot work simply because democracy is much about different political persuasions competing for votes through offering better or competitive deals and better life to the citizens.

More important, Croatian hard-won democracy cannot and must not compromise itself by permitting such experiments as those insisted upon by the Bridge coalition.

Bozo Petrov, Bridge coalition Thinks everything will be solved within 24 hours of Saturday night!

Bozo Petrov, Bridge coalition
Thinks everything
will be solved within 24 hours of Saturday night!

Bozo Petrov and the Bridge coalition called second meeting on Saturday 19 December where all three party presidents (SDP’s Zoran Milanovic, The Bridge’s Bozo Petrov and HDZ’s Tomislav Karamarko) were supposed to iron out the details and announce the name of the new Prime Minister designate. Furthermore, ahead of the meeting Petrov announced that by Tuesday 22 December Croatia would either have a new government or an announcement for new elections. HDZ president, Tomislav Karamarko left the meeting just 10 minutes in.

HDZ President Tomislav Karamarko refuses to be blackmailed or forced into signing dodgy documents Refuses to join a tripartite government based on unclear framework and guidelines He prefers new elections to a government formed in less than clear or honest circumstances

HDZ President Tomislav Karamarko
refuses to be blackmailed or
forced into signing dodgy documents
Refuses to join a tripartite government
based on unclear framework and guidelines
He prefers new elections to a government formed
in less than clear or honest circumstances

Karamarko said he could not sign the document the Bridge coalition was asking both parties to sign and hence decided to leave and let Bridge and SDP continue with negotiations if they want to: “We believe this document is a messy and confusing coalition contract in which no mechanisms are set and there are too many unknowns. It all comes down to how to split the loot, distribute seats in public companies etc” he stated.

Judging from media reports SDP and the Bridge continued talks after HDZ president left the meeting, Bridge, by this act, seems to have ditched the idea of forming a tripartite government it tortured the Croatian public with during the past month. At the end of the meeting Petrov announced that HDZ was out of the race for the government now, since Karamarko refused to sign the document Bridge coalition prepared and considered essential for the formation of government.

SDP president Zoran Milanovic will do anything to stay in government within a week he turned from rejecting Bridge and tripartite idea outright to sucking up to Bridge in order to get a few government portfolios under a joint government with those he rejected outright days before! A political prostitute not to be trusted with Croatian democracy and freedom.

SDP president Zoran Milanovic
will do anything to stay in government
within a week he turned from rejecting Bridge
and tripartite idea outright
to sucking up to Bridge in order to get
a few government portfolios under
a joint government with those
he rejected outright days before!
A political prostitute not to be trusted
with Croatian democracy and freedom.

 

I hope we will have a designate Prime Minister by Tuesday” said Bozo Petrov stressing that HDZ is definitely out of the race now and that Bridge is still insisting that the designate Prime Minister be someone from their party or a non-party person – but must be a professional Prime Minister! Zoran Milanovic stated that SDP would insist that Prime Minister Delegate should be Bozo Petrov from Bridge coalition. Bozo Petrov, on the other hand, while appearing coy and negating he wants to be the next PM does reiterate whenever he can “Never say never”!
While at the end of Saturday’s meeting Petrov stated that “Everything will be solved within 24 hours”, one can expect one of the two possibilities:

  • Bridge will form a government with SDP/ Social democrats and eat its words in shame that they would only work with a tripartite government – the only condition under which their proposed sweeping reforms could be made;

or

  • Croatia is set for new elections sometime in January/February 2016.

 

Certainly, HDZ, the relative winner of majority seats at 8 November elections (but not enough to form a government), has been reported to favour new elections. I personally would support that for it’s not just me that am skeptical and cautious about the likelihood of a tripartite government – an all-inclusive government – where there is no shadow government, no opposition, no prospect of critique and positive advancement that can result from it. It would be such a victory for Croatian democracy if the president of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic put an end to this shameful political blackmail torturing the Croatian public and evidently emanating from the Bridge coalition and put Croatia on the road to new elections quick-smart. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Comments

  1. Stevie10703 says:

    Croatia needs new elections and that’s the end of the story. Only in Croatia can a party that lost the election regain power and if this is how a parliamentary for of government works then its time to change the country to a representative form of government where the people from each opcina vote in the person they want to represent them in the sabor. Let the President lead the country and the Sabor create the laws and control the spending with the president having veto powers..a system of checks and balances.

    Most has to understand one thing and that is the people voted for Most as a protest vote against HDZ…most people who voted Most were people who most likely voted for HDZ in the past and for them to form a coalition with SDP is a slap to the face. I have a feeling that many voters who voted for Most must feel duped.

    At the same time, this election should have been a softball for HDZ to win the majority and control the sabor and it didn’t happen and that is because they have one of the least charismatic leaders I’ve ever seen. Karamarko has zero personality and zero people skills and if HDZ had someone better leading that party they would have won the election going away..what they should have done was have Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic as the head of the party and have her be the one who would have been Prime Minister and have someone else run for President instead…and now we got the mess we have.

    Hopefully, we will have new elections rather than go through what Croatia is going through now because IMO the people will eventually revolt…Petrov has no clue he’s being played like a fiddle by Milanovic who is a lunatic and dictator.

    Just a question to ask, does the winning side control the Sabor for a full 4 years or can they do like in Canada, Australia, England, Israel, etc where they can have new elections earlier if there is a no confidence vote?

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    • Good words and thoughts Stevie. It seems early elections can be called in Croatia Article 78 of The Constitution says, for instance ” The Croatian Parliament may be dissolved in order to call early elections if so decided by a
      majority of all of its deputies. The Croatian Parliament may be dissolved by the President of the Republic in accordance with the provisions of Article 104 of the Constitution”. Section 104 “The President of the Republic may, at the proposal of the Government, with the countersignature of the Prime Minister and after consultations with representatives of the parliamentary parties, dissolve the Croatian Parliament if the latter, following the
      Government’s motion of confidence, passes a vote of no confidence in the Government or fails to adopt the central budget within 120 days after the date on which it was proposed. The President of the Republic may not dissolve the
      Croatian Parliament at the proposal of the Government as long as impeachment proceedings are underway against him/her for any violation of the Constitution”.
      It seems foundations are set for real possibilities of calling for new elections. In the current case though where there is no agreement in forming the government or that agreement may be less than desirable for a stable government the President can call new elections and I believe that Croatian government in the fourth consultation she is calling for Tuesday 22 December will give firm indications as to which way it all should go: stop the torture and call new elections, consult more and hopefully reach the stage for forming new government

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  2. I hope you and Croatia prevail. Be very well my esteemed friend.

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  3. Sounds like one big mess! Hope it can all be sorted out fairly, the country has to go forwards, not backwards!

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    • You never know with players like the new Bridge coalition, Anna – something just doesn’t gel right as far as I can see – their approach to negotiating for a new government has aroused a great deal of skepticism and mistrust within the public and I for one applaud HDZ for walking out of the meeting on Saturday – I hope things are settled soon too

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  4. Britain five years ago negotiated a coalition government in four days. Belgium, with two different languages, sometimes never negotiates one for months. Coalitions ruled in Britain from 1931-1945.

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    • Yes Australia has had Liberal/National coalitions many years, Clare but this is different in Croatia. I.e. the Social Democrat led coalition went as such to elections and won 53 seat and the Bridge coalition went as such to elections and won 19 seats the HDZ coalition went as such to elections and won 59 seats and now post elections a minority government with Bridge with is nothing new the thing that bothers is that Bridge wanted to form government with all coalitions or go to new elections and it seems they’ve ditched that condition for government overnight… Belgium is known for ridiculously long times without a government but I hope Croatia won’t follow in those footsteps as is a breeding ground for all sorts of politically nasty surprises

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  5. Merry Christmas Ina ! 🙂

    Aliosa.

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  6. Even when you think – this time no corruption – it finds a sneaky backdoor inside…

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  7. Another excellent post Ina Croatia’s Conservative HDZ Say They Cannot Participate in Divvying-up Loot | Ace News Room
    https://acenewsroom.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/croatias-conservative-hdz-say-they-cannot-participate-in-divvying-up-loot/

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  8. Ina. Ludost. But the latest news is even nuttier. http://www.vecernji.hr/izbori2015/u-9-sati-pocinje-cetvrti-krug-konzultacija-o-mandataru-vlade-1046751
    Most and HDZ now?
    Who can keep track of this insanity!
    More importantly, Ina, Sretan i Blagoslovljen Bozic vama i vasima, a daj dragi Bog da bude 2016 bolja od ove.

    Ina ne daj se!

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    • Thank you Veronika and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! SRETAN BOŽIĆ I NOVA GODINA! 😀 As to forming the government tripartite one is madness but if one must be formed after all the craziness and madness of past six weeks then Briudge/Most and HDZ would be a better alternative and HDZ was the relative winner anyway so enogh seats to keep the “others” in government in “check”. Anything can happen – I am following the whole saga closely.

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  9. Cheers Za Dom Spremni Weekly 🙂

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