Former Prime Minister Milanović Advising Albanian Government

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The former Prime Minister has at least one client for his consultancy.

Almost a year after withdrawing from politics, it has finally been revealed what former SDP president and Prime Minister Zoran Milanović is doing with his business career, reports N1 on November 10, 2017.

Milanović is currently an advisor to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. This was confirmed by Rama himself, at a joint press conference with the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Johannes Hahn in Tirana.

“Croatia is a great country which is an example for the whole region. Zoran is a great friend, and his advice is always welcome. I want to say that he is so good to me and his advice is useful,” said Rama, replying to a question asked by representatives of the Croatian media.

Milanović was Croatian Prime Minister from December 2011 to January 2016 and SDP president from 2007 to November 2016. He led his party in four parliamentary elections, losing three times (2007, 2015, 2016), and winning once (2011). After losing early parliamentary elections in 2016, he announced he would not run for another term as party president and would leave politics altogether to devote himself to a business career as a consultant and, as he himself said, earn some real money.

Although rumours about his possible cooperation with various countries in Eastern Europe and Africa occasionally surfaced in the media, it was not known what he was actually doing. He has rarely appeared in public since leaving politics.

During his term as prime minister, Milanović was known for arguing with almost everybody and for alienating large parts of the electorate, even those who initially supported him. Despite numerous political loses, his name is still sometimes mentioned by opponents of the current SDP president Davor Bernardić as someone who could possibly replace him, although that does not seem to be very likely.

Milanović is also sometimes mentioned as a possible candidate of centre-left parties for Croatian President at the next presidential elections which are scheduled for late 2019, but his chances of winning are not particularly realistic.


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