Thursday, June 16, 2016

Croatian Parliament Dismisses Prime Minister and Brings Down Government

For the first time in modern Croatian history, Parliament has adopted a motion of no confidence against a prime minister. The vote took place on Thursday afternoon, with 125 votes “in favour” of dismissal, two abstentions and 15 votes “against”. Before the vote, Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković once again addressed the MPs. “I would like to thank all MPs, and I believe that Croatian citizens now have a clear picture of the reasons for this crisis. I came here with the best of intentions to help the country, and at the end I would like to thank everyone who gave me their support, especially my family”, said Orešković. The Prime Minister was supported by 12 MOST’s MPs and three MPs from smaller parties, while all the major parties voted against him, including HDZ and other members of the Patriotic Coalition, which brought him to power in January. The Prime Minister and ministers will continue to perform their duties as a caretaker government until a new government is formed. President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is expected to begin consultations with party leaders on Friday morning.


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