“This is not an extorted resignation. It is virtually impossible to remove a mayor. I could have remained mayor until the end of the year, the budget would not be adopted and there would be an election for the City Council, which is something we seem to be accustomed to in Croatian politics,” Puljak told an extraordinary press conference, confirming his resignation and a fresh election.
“I am not that type of person or politician. I do not want to stoop to that sort of politics,” he said and added that he wanted to give Split citizens an opportunity to choose the sort of government they wanted.
“I am not afraid of my citizens. I do not want to be mayor without the support of the citizens. I am certain that we have that support now and will have it in the future,” said Puljak.
Referring to Ivošević, who has been indicted for threatening a reporter from the Slobodna Dalmacija daily, Puljak said his deputy did not steal anything nor lied or hit anyone.
“For difficult decisions and in difficult times like this, I always go back to the question of what is true and what isn’t. Is it true that the deputy mayor threatened a reporter’s life? No, that is not true. The truth is that his communication was inappropriate and inadequate, that is the truth. We have never justified inappropriate communication nor will we. One does not go to jail for things like that,” said Puljak.
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