Social Democrat Ivana Posavec Krivec said there was no reason to doubt Đerek’s statement and that Parliament should investigate further.
Bridge’s Marija Selak Raspudić said that the government should fall first and foremost because of its failure to rebuild Zagreb and the Banovina region after the earthquakes, and because of its incompetence and irresponsibility which put citizens in a highly unfavourable position.
Sandra Benčić of the Green-Left Bloc said that it was the government’s duty to allow for Đerek’s allegations to be investigated, rather than allow its minister to argue with the former Državne Nekretnine employee through the media.
“We want to see if the allegations are true, and if they are, someone should take responsibility, and that for sure is Minister Mario Banožić at least,” Benčić said, adding that there were many other reasons for the government to fall.
“To begin with, there is no post-earthquake reconstruction. Then there is the pandemic, in which we have become the worst in the world in terms of the number of deaths per million people. There are corruption scandals cropping up one after another. The only thing worse than economic inflation is inflation of their corruption scandals,” Benčić said.
Vesna Vučemilović of the Croatian Sovereignists said, “what is worrying is the fact that not just state officials, but civil servants such as heads of directorates, also use state-owned apartments.”
“Calling for the fall of the government is rhetoric appropriate to opposition politicians, but President Milanović is part of the government. His rhetoric is a bit strange and I would prefer him to pay more attention to demographics and other vital issues,” Vučemilović added.
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