“This is democracy opposition style,” said deputy speaker Ante Sanader of the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) as the opposition lawmakers lined up in front of the rostrum. He then adjourned the meeting until Friday, when the amendments discussed this week would be put to a vote.
The opposition claims that Šveb is in a potential conflict of interest and that his appointment is a farce because he is obviously the personal choice of the minister of culture and media.
They said on Thursday evening that the item on his appointment was forced onto the agenda instead of discussion on the anti-corruption strategy, which was shifted to next week. They stressed that the HRT must serve the interests of Croatia and demanded that the present call for the nomination of a new HRT director-general be annulled.
On Friday, Parliament is expected to vote in favour of Radovan Dobronić as the new President of the Supreme Court. All parliamentary groups have announced their support except the Homeland Movement, who objected saying that he did not recognise the problem of lustration.
Dobronić’s appointment will end the months-long crisis surrounding the highest judicial office in the country, which has been vacant since mid-July when the term of the previous Supreme Court President, Đuro Sessa, expired.