MOST Leader Petrov to Run for Parliament in Zagreb?

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MOST is expected to officially submit its candidate lists on Wednesday.

It is expected that MOST will submit its official candidate lists to the State Election Commission on Wednesday, and then it will be clear in which constituency will each member of the party leadership run, reports Večernji List on August 9, 2016.

Although MOST has not disclosed any details, according to sources their candidate lists are close to being finalized and they are mostly based on internal polls which MOST has conducted. There will be some new names on the lists and MOST is expected to fulfil the provision of at least 40 percent of candidates being women. One of them is Ivana Ninčević, head of the Entrepreneurial Centre in Solin. She is a 32-year from Solin who, after her graduation from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, returned to Croatia and launched the project of the Entrepreneurial Centre, which is a place where entrepreneurs can get all the information regarding the establishment and development of their businesses. She will probably be third on the list in tenth parliamentary constituency which covers Dubrovnik and surrounding areas and is expected to be MOST’s best constituency.

Nikola Grmoja, the spokesperson and one of the leaders of MOST, will probably run in the sixth parliamentary constituency. At last years’ elections, MOST won two seats in that constituency, however, one of them, Juro Martinović, has left the party in the meantime so MOST has to find someone else to run there.

It is still not known in which constituency will MOST leader Božo Petrov run. Although there are reports from MOST that he could go to any of the four constituencies which cover parts of Zagreb or to the tenth constituency which includes Metković, the town when he was a mayor until early this year, it is expected that he will run in the first constituency which includes the centre of Zagreb. At the last elections, MOST was led in that constituency by Drago Prgomet, who has since left the party and recently rejoined HDZ. Since current Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković decided against taking part in the elections, MOST has to find someone else to run there.

Given the recent statements by Božo Petrov that he wants to become prime minister after the election, and given that the first constituency will include SDP president Zoran Milanović and almost certainly HDZ president Andrej Plenković, it can be expected that Petrov will also join the battle for the centre of Zagreb. Other MOST MPs and ministers will run in the remaining constituencies trying to bring MOST enough seats in Parliament so that the party would become the kingmaker in postelection coalition negotiations. Even though the party is very critical to both HDZ and SDP, it is expected that MOST would support HDZ if they win enough seats to have a realistic chance of forming a government. Latest poll shows MOST wining about 10 percent of votes.


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