Plenković: President Might Have Announced Re-Election Bid Somewhere Else

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ZAGREB, August 15, 2019 – Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenković said on Thursday that President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović might have announced her decision to run for a second term somewhere else and not in the Hrvatski Tjednik (HT) newspaper, and reiterated that the HDZ would support her candidature.

When it comes to the choice of the weekly newspaper in which that interview (with the announcement) was given, I think that it might have been given also somewhere else. However, the president must move forward and must be prepared for the campaigning and care about her programme and about how to ensure the support of a majority of Croatian voters,” Plenković said in the town of Sinj where he attended ceremonies in the local Marian shrined on the Feast of the Assumption.

He reiterated that the support of the HDZ to Grabar-Kitarović’s bid for a second term was unquestionable.

“We talk and we want the whole party to be strongly engaged, we should go on with our job,” the premier said.

The press asked the premier about the ruling of the High Magistrates’ Court to fine a local singer for chanting the salute “For the homeland ready” while singing the song “Bojna Čavoglave” by singer Marko Perković Thompson in Makarska in 2015.

“The police must act whenever they establish that a misdemeanour offence is committed. I told that to Interior Minister Davor Božinović when we discussed the matter some time ago.”

“We as the government and the party absolutely condemn crimes committed during the (1941-1945) Independent State of Croatia (NDH) and the Ustasha regime. We are always unequivocal and clear about that. It is up to the courts to develop a uniform court practice,” he said when asked by the press whether all courts should now follow the example of the High Magistrates’ Court in this case.

More news about presidential elections can be found in the Politics section.


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