ZAGREB, June 22, 2020 – President Zoran Milanovic said during a visit to Montenegro on Monday he did not see any reason to postpone the July 5 election for the Croatian Parliament.
After meeting with his Montenegrin counterpart, Milo Djukanovic, Milanovic addressed reporters who were interested in the possibility of postponing the election due to the spike in coronavirus cases in Croatia.
“The election in Croatia is set for July 5. I called the election for that date and I do not know how that can be changed in a democratic country,” said Milanovic.
“Now that Parliament has been dissolved, we have to go to the polls,” he added.
Speaking in a TV interview on May 21, Milanovic said that he did not think this was the best time for the election, but that the decision was made and he respected it.
Speaking in Cetinje, Milanovic said he was prepared to listen to anyone who considered that there were material and health reasons to postpone the election, but that that won’t change anything.
“The election is set for July 5 and without any cynicism, you got what you asked for. I do not see any reason not to continue with the election,” he added.
Earlier on Monday, the head of the national coronavirus crisis management team, Davor Bozinovic, told a special press conference convened due to the emergence of the coronavirus among tennis players at the Adria Tour tournament in Zadar over the weekend, that there were no indications for the issue of postponing the election to be considered.
In the past 24 hours 19 new cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified in Croatia, the crisis management team said on Monday.