ZAGREB, July 20, 2020 – Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic described on Monday as very unusual President Zoran Milanovic’s decision not to attend the inauguration of the new parliament on Wednesday.
Milanovic’s office said on Sunday he would not attend the session.
Speaking to the press, Plenkovic said, “I know what is certain, parliament will be inaugurated. It’s very unusual from what I’ve seen in the media. We haven’t talked about it. It was news to me.”
He recalled that everyone who had been invited attended Milanovic’s inauguration. “We received an invitation and attended because we respect the Croatian institutions, state symbols. That was our logic. I can’t see why he doesn’t want to do it, you should ask him.”
Plenkovic would not say if this was a case of disrespect and derogation of the office of the president. “Very unusual. It’s no reason for us to bicker via the media,” he added.