ZAGREB, Aug 21, 2020 – Krapina-Zagorje County Prefect Zeljko Kolar on Friday presented his candidacy to run for the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) at the internal election, saying that he will advocate a modern Croatia with an efficient judicial system and a functioning market economy.
“My desire to run as a candidate did not come overnight. That was not a spontaneous move but the product of my wish for more than necessary changes in the party,” he claimed.
He said that he would develop the SDP as a modern center-left party while overcoming rifts inside the SDP.
Thinking about candidacy for prime minister, not a priority now
Asked whether he would be a candidate for the prime minister’s position, Kolar said that that was not a priority now, however, whoever has the best chance of defeating Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic should be the candidate.
That decision is up to the presidency and main committee, Kolar said, and added that he would be willing to support whoever will be the best option.
Remarking on membership numbers which his opponent Grbin spoke about, Kolar said that it was disastrous that of the 34,000 SDP members only 11,500 pay their membership fees and announced that one of his first steps would be to deal with the issue of membership.
Grbin was a member of the presidency in two terms, he could have dealt with that. I wasn’t because I was conducting the duties of county prefect, said Kolar.