Orešković: Karamarko Is Enormous Burden for Government and HDZ

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Prime Minister Orešković and SDP president Milanović react to HDZ’s decision to submit a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister.

After HDZ president Tomislav Karamarko announced this morning that his party would submit a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković, the Prime Minister gave a short statement, report Index.hr and Večernji List on June 7, 2016.

Leaving the government building, the Prime Minister confirmed he still insisted on Karamarko’s resignation.

“I will be short. This is a battle for Croatia. You can see that yourself. I have heard Karamarko’s statements earlier today. My message is clear, I have received the support in Parliament and I am not afraid to ask for the support again. I am here and I come with a message. I respect HDZ as a party, but Karamarko is a huge burden for this government and HDZ, and I am convinced that HDZ will make the right decision at the end of the day”, said Orešković.

SDP president and former Prime Minister Zoran Milanović held a news conference earlier today where he commented on HDZ’s decision.

“My message is that we need to go to the polls as soon as possible. September is the final deadline, there is no need to wait since we have no government. We are a country without a government. Fortunately, there is no war or major crisis”, said Milanović.

“People who are in the government are responsible for what is happening now, and that includes the person who accepted overnight to become the Prime Minister. He irresponsibly accepted an impossible task, and now HDZ is seeking his dismissal. We have submitted a motion of no confidence against Karamarko, and HDZ is ready for anything to save him. So now they have proposed a vote of no confidence against the person whom they appointed as the Prime Minister. SDP’s goal is to have new parliamentary elections as soon as possible”, added Milanović.

“We should have elections in mid-July. What would we do over the summer? There is no government. This is embarrassing, a disgrace”, concluded Milanović.

HDZ’s MPs have gathered in Parliament where they are giving signatures needed for the motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister to be submitted. Since it takes just 31 MPs for the motion to be filed, there is little doubt that enough signatures will be collected. The vote on the motion is expected late next week.

However, HDZ is not united in its decision. HDZ’s branch in Varaždin has announced it demands Karamarko to resign as First Deputy Prime Minister in order to save the government.


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