“Those weren’t accusations, it was my comment on the campaign behind us, in which the HDZ once again received by far the greatest support of Croatian voters and these results are for us even better in some areas than the results in 2017,” PM Andrej Plenković said.
Plenković said that his comment on the campaign had been – as a comment by someone who is both president of the party and prime minister, is involved in politics and tries to follow the activities – that some HDZ candidates in the areas where the campaign had received the most media coverage, “were under a lot of fire in the media, especially HDZ’s candidates in Zagreb and Split, and that reflected on the results”.
You won’t change your policy because of what I’m saying. I’m simply stating my position – which is the truth, with arguments and examples, he told the commercial broadcaster.
He added that he had congratulated all newly elected mayors and county prefects in writing, and he was planning a meeting with new Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević.
“We called him yesterday or the day before yesterday and he didn’t answer. Today, an associate told me he had returned the call, (…) so we will talk, but I was in other meetings. I congratulated him and all other newly elected county prefects and all mayors in county seats in writing. They are my partners,” he said.
Asked to comment on President Zoran Milanović’s proposal to commemorate anniversaries of the Croatian military and police Operation Storm in Knin every five years and to commemorate the anniversary in Glina this year, Plenković said he didn’t know about it, but he found “the repeated use of double criteria particularly indicative”.
“He constantly talks about Knin as some kind of train station, a barracks. Many of us look at Knin differently, at its role, at Zvonimir’s City, at the Knin Fortress, at the symbolism of the flag at the Knin Fortress. Those are different views,” Plenković said, referring to the turbulent history of that Dalmatian region.
“You have a president who allowed himself to ignore Statehood Day passed by the Croatian parliament. He refused to attend a gala concert on Saturday. Everyone was there, including former president (Ivo) Josipović. The current president refused to come and didn’t send anyone,” he said.
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