“Milan and Jambo will show how they will run Metković, and we will continue to fight for our town with good projects”
HDZ candidate Dalibor Milan is the new Mayor of Metković, while his opponent Katarina Ujdur from MOST concluded that he won with 120 votes more. Božo Petrov has conceded defeat in the town MOST controlled for the past four years and in which he began his political career. He renounced any claims that Metković is a MOST stronghold which is now lost, as the party has spread all over Croatia, Jutarnji List reported on June 4, 2017.
“I congratulate Stipe Gabrić Jambo and HDZ for winning in Metković in a joint effort. But we know that Metković citizens voted for MOST by majority. Croats from Bosnia and Herzegovina were taken advantage of for HDZ to win in Metković,” said Petrov, adding he does not feel like a loser when he knows how HDZ won the elections – with the help of Jambo and people who came to vote from the neighbouring state, witnessed by a large number of vehicles with BiH license plates seen on Sunday in the town on the Neretva River.
After admitting defeat, the MOST headquarters quickly emptied, Katarina Ujdur also vacated, leaving Petrov with several reporters and public relations personnel.
“Milan and Jambo will show how they will run Metković, and we will continue to fight for our town with good projects. I do regret that we will not manage it anymore. MOST has grown in four years from a party with 4 representatives to a party with 77 representatives in county assemblies today. We have become the second strongest political option in Dalmatia, where HDZ cannot govern sovereignly anymore,” concluded Petrov. He commented that he does not feel voters in Metković, Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties punished MOST for forming the government with HDZ twice and the exiting it in a short period.
Katarina Ujdur is troubled by people voting in places where they do not live, an issue of many border towns.
“In the 21st century we should make use of a modern voting system, as the one we have is subject to many variations,” said Ujdur.