ZAGREB, March 8, 2020 – The Croatian Sovereignists party on Saturday presented its platform for parliamentary elections due this autumn, calling for changes to election law, decommunisation and “raising the ethnic minorities to the level of the majority Croatian people.”
Ladislav Ilčić, a member of the party’s council, said that they were offering “a solution to the question of ethnic minorities that terrorise the majority people.”
“Nationality would be defined by citizenship and not by ethnicity. We would raise all members of the existing ethnic minorities to the level of the majority Croatian people. We will be a country of equal citizens and there will be no divisions any more,” Ilčić said in a packed concert hall where the presentation took place.
The Sovereignists also propose decommunisation, removing antifascism from the constitution and changing election law by abolishing special lists for the minorities and “illogical constituencies” so that the entire country would be a single electoral unit.
They said they would stop Croatia’s entry into the euro area, stressing that the kuna was “the last bastion of Croatian sovereignty.”
“We are offering the citizens a social catharsis because without radical change there will be no prosperity,” the party’s leader Hrvoje Zekanović said.
The party is seeking to bring together ideologically similar political groups and is hoping for cooperation with the parliamentary Bridge party. Asked by reporters if they would enter into a coalition with the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Zekanović said. “Of course not.”
The party’s co-leader, MEP Ruža Tomašić, said she expected their platform to win at least 25 seats in the next parliament. She dismissed the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Croatian People’s Party (HNS) as potential coalition partners, adding that post-election cooperation with the HDZ would depend on “what principles it would uphold.”
Another co-leader, General Željko Sačić, said that their platform would offer a better future for Croatia, in which after 2000 “a gang of evildoers cast into the mud everything that was created in the Homeland War.”
“The scum have plundered and devastated the Croatian people in the last 20 years. Thieves have sold INA, ruined the Institute of Immunology and brought agriculture to its knees,” Sačić said, stressing that the Sovereignists would stand in the way of those wishing the Croatian people “a globalist future”.
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