Monday, June 20, 2016

Croatian Parliament Voted to Dissolve

After the motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković was adopted on Thursday, which brought down the whole government, Parliament on Monday adopted a decision of its dissolution, which opens the way for the early parliamentary elections to be called probably in early September. Since HDZ in the last few days did not manage to find a new parliamentary majority which would support its candidate for Prime Minister-designate, current Finance Minister Zdravko Marić, and after on Friday the majority of MPs signed a petition for the dissolution of Parliament, it became obvious that early elections are the only possible way out of the current political stalemate. At noon on Monday, Parliament Speaker Željko Reiner changed the parliamentary agenda and included the motion for the dissolution of Parliament. After a short debate, MPs voted on the motion which received 137 votes “in favour”, 2 votes “against”, and 1 abstention.
 The decision will come into effect on 15 July. At that time, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović will call early parliamentary elections, which have to take place within 30 and 60 days. It is widely expected that the elections will be called for either first or second Sunday in September.


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