Even though rumours were coming from HDZ yesterday that PM Oreskovic will be asked to resign, the tables have now turned.
If you are confused by the current political situation in Croatia, take a number. One more unexpected twist in the whole saga happened on June 3, 2016, during a press conference of the Croatian prime minister Tim Oreskovic that is still underway. According to reports by Index.hr, Jutarnji.hr and Net.hr, Croatian prime minister asked both of his vice presidents Tomislav Karamarko and Bozo Petrov to resign for the good of the country adding that he was never planning to resign: “This is a battle for Croatia and I hope people will reach a decision that is in the best interest of Croatia and that we will continue moving forward together. I am hereby inviting Karamarko and Petrov to resign from their duties for national interest. That will confirm the stability of this government and give us the opportunity to implement reforms and lead this country out of the crisis”.
This is quite a turn of events since numerous HDZ members were very vocal in asking for the resignation of the prime minister so that Tomislav Karamarko can take his place. As for the reason why he stormed out of the planned Government cabinet meeting yesterday, Tim Oreskovic answered that he had an urgent meeting with the Security and Intelligence Agency adding that he is not at liberty to discuss the subject of that meeting. Prime minister briefly mentioned the educational reform stating that it will go ahead as planned and in regards to the postponement of the new round of Eurobonds, Tim Oreskovic stated he was the one who made the decision to delay their issuance: “This whole situation is gravely endangering our national interests. I decided and postponed the sale of Eurobonds. When the minister of economy Maric called me I told him not to sell because that is the best decision for our country”, prime minister Oreskovic stated.
When asked whether new elections are a possibility, Oreskovic answered: “New elections would cost us 1-2 billion Euros and they would cause us to lose money from the EU funds, that isn’t in anyone’s interest.