Reformists Part with Ruling HDZ to Back Milanović for President

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ZAGREB, June 19, 2019 – The Reformists are breaking off their cooperation with the ruling coalition to support Zoran Milanović as the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for president, their leader Radimir Čačić announced on Wednesday.

Speaking in an interview with the N1 television station, Čačić said that he was no longer communicating with the ruling majority and that the party would definitely support Milanovic’s presidency bid.

Cacic believes that Milanovic’s chances of winning the election would be greater if Miroslav Škoro stood a candidate as he would attract the votes of “the clerical, hard-line right” which would reduce the chances for the incumbent President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Asked about the party’s support for Andrej Plenković’s government, Čačić said that the Reformists were never in coalition with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) “nor will they ever be.”

The government’s results have led to this and we will be exiting cooperation on projects and will no longer communicate with the ruling majority.

The Reformists have one seat in parliament and were not in formal coalition with the HDZ but only supported the government through “cooperation on projects.”

At the parliamentary election in 2016, the Reformists ran in coalition with the Labour and Solidarity party of Zagreb mayor Milan Bandić. They left Bandić’s parliamentary group in January and have since then acted independently.

More news about presidential elections can be found in the Politics section.


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