“We have built a progressive community in a country that does not have much to boast about. Unfortunately, the IDS is now taking a different direction, and obviously I have been recognised by the new leadership as the biggest obstacle to this political turnaround,” Miletić said.
He said that no one had raised any of the reasons he was now being disciplined for at the party’s extraordinary meeting last September when his report was adopted with one abstention.
“When I took political responsibility for the election results and when we were supposed to discuss it, no one said a word, like many times before that,” Miletić said, noting that while he had served as IDS president all decisions had been adopted by the party presidency and not in an autocratic manner as claimed by the new leadership.
He said that today he had tendered his resignation from the IDS after four victories in local elections, three terms in the national parliament, after winning seats in the European Parliament in two elections and after nearly eight years at the helm of the IDS which throughout that time was the strongest Croatian regional party.
Miletić said that with his resignation, after 29 years and for the first time since counties were established “the IDS has lost Istria County.” “The new IDS president now has a chance to show freely what he knows and what he can do.”
Meanwhile, Pula mayor Filip Zoričić demanded an early election in Istria County, calling on the IDS and Miletić “not to hold Istria as their hostage”.
He said that as the mayor of the largest city in Istria he wanted the regional government to be stable and functioning regardless of which political group had a majority.
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