ZAGREB, September 15, 2019 – The main committee of the Croatian Social and Liberal Party (HSLS), a junior partner in the ruling coalition, on Sunday turned down the proposal of the party leader Darinko Kosor to leave the coalition at the state level.
After the party leadership’s meeting in the coastal town of Novi Vinodoski, Kosor said that the Main Committee had turned down his proposal with the sole explanation it would not be good if this party of liberal and civic orientation leaves the coalition due to the topic concerning ethnic minorities.
This past Wednesday Kosor said that the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) leader Milorad Pupovac fed right wingers with his policy and comments as well as all who caused ethnically motivated incidents, that he did not retract any of his recent statements, and that the HSLS would decide on Sunday whether to remain in the ruling coalition. Kosor posted on Facebook: “Yes to the protection of Serbs, Croatian citizens from violence in Croatia. No to the SDSS lecturing democratic Croatia.”
Speaking to Hina, Kosor said that if nothing changed in the meantime, his party would decide on Sunday whether to leave the coalition.
The HSLS caucus comprises Kosor, two MPs from the Croatian Christian Democrat Party and one MP from the regional HDSSB party. Kosor said each party would decide whether to stay in the ruling coalition.
The ruling majority has 82 seats in parliament.
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