ZAGREB, January 11, 2020 – Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS) president Dario Hrebak on Saturday called on centre parties to unite for the next parliamentary election, saying the HSLS and several liberal centre parties shared a similar political agenda.
“Fighting corruption, increasing transparency, introducing digitisation. That’s the political agenda the HSLS shares with… Pametno, Start and Lipa,” he told reporters ahead of an HSLS Presidency meeting.
Hrebak said the forming of a coalition for the coming parliamentary election would depend solely on the support other parties showed his party’s transparency project, such as the one in Bjelovar.
Asked if he had already contacted those parties, he said intensive talks were under way and that his party was open to collaboration with any political party.
Hrebak said the transparency project in Bjelovar, of which he is the mayor, would be the HSLS trademark and that its message was that citizens had the right to know how their money was spent on the local as well as the state level.
He went on to say that big parties like the HDZ and the SDP had done less about corruption over the past 30 years than the HSLS in Bjelovar over the past year.
He said they “are not the solution, they are the problem. They can’t successfully fight against corruption.”
Hrebak said corruption must be dealt with and that what was going on in Zagreb must stop, adding that the ruling HDZ’s biggest mistake was to cooperate with Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić.
He said the HSLS, which has one MP thanks to a coalition with the HDZ, would no longer unreservedly support anyone. “It’s no secret we support the ruling party, but it’s no secret either that we are bothered that (Bandić’s MPs) still rule in the Croatian parliament.”
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