HSS Again Facing Internal Divisions

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ZAGREB, January 12, 2019 – Several members of the Croatian Peasant Party’s (HSS) head committee at a session on Friday requested the resignation of HSS president Krešimir Beljak, expressing their dissatisfaction with the leadership of the party that was recently abandoned by MP Mladen Mađar, HSS MP Ana Marija Petin told the press, while the party spokeswoman Ivana Tomić claims that nobody at the meeting requested Beljak’s resignation.

Petin said that several members of the party’s head committee asked for Beljak’s resignation during a debate which they requested dissatisfied with the current situation in the HSS. “We openly expressed our opinion about the current state of affairs in the party, we said why we are not satisfied with Beljak’s leadership and during the session, several members of the head committee asked the president to resign,” Petin told Hina.

She said committee members think that Beljak was not having regular contacts with members of HSS branches, ignores their opinion and is neglecting HSS branches in other parts of the country.

Petin also said that members of the regional organisation from Slavonija left the session.

Spokeswoman for the party Ivana Tomić told Hina that nobody at the HSS head committee session requested president Beljak’s resignation.

She said the last item on the agenda was the current policy and that some members of the head committee asked that the agenda be amended in a way to have the last item on it be discussed first, adding that only nine of the 80 members supported that proposal.

The first time I heard about it is when MP Petin said it to the press, Tomić told Hina.

The party currently has four seats in Parliament after Mladen Mađar recently crossed the floor to join the club of deputies led by Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić.

More news on the party can be found in our Politics section.


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