President to Start Consultations on Appointing Prime Minister-Designate on Tuesday

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The State Election Commission will announce the official results of the parliamentary elections on Monday.

The State Election Commission will on Monday announce the official results of the elections for the Croatian Parliament, while President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović will on Tuesday start consultations with political parties about forming a new government and appointing the Prime Minister-Designate, reports on September 24, 2016.

The decision on the official results of parliamentary elections will be published by the State Election Commission in the Official Gazette, which will mark the start of the 20-day period in which the first session of new Parliament should be held.

At the elections held on 11 September, relative winner was HDZ which together with its partners won 61 of 151 parliamentary seats. The SDP-led People’s Coalition won 54 seats, MOST 13 seats, Živi Zid and coalition partners 8 seats, IDS 3 seats, Bandić Milan 365 party 2 seats, HDSSB 1 seat, and independent candidate Željko Glasnović 1 seat. Elected representatives of national minorities are Milorad Pupovac, Mile Horvat and Boris Milošević (Serbian minority), Robert Jankovics (Hungarian), Furio Radin (Italian), Vladimir Bilek (Czech and Slovak), Veljko Kajtazi (Austrian, Bulgarian, German, Polish, Roma, Romanian, Ruthenian, Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vlach and Jewish) and Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj (Albanian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Slovenian and Macedonian minorities).

Since the elections, one MP from Živi Zid announced that he had left the party and would enter the MOST Parliamentary Group as an independent MP, while HSS, which won 5 MPs as part of the People’s Coalition, announced it would support HDZ president Andrej Plenković for Prime Minister. It takes support of 76 MPs to be named as Prime Minister-Designate. The only candidate at this moment who could possibly reach that threshold is HDZ president Andrej Plenković, who is negotiating with MOST and representatives of national minorities.

Speaking on Friday in New York, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović said she would start consultations on Tuesday, as soon as she received official election results from the State Elections Commission, adding that she would remain neutral. “I will not allow any delays, but it seems that at this point the pace of party negotiations is going fine. I hope that we will find a way to form a stable government as soon as possible, because it is in everyone’s interest”, said the President. “I think all of us should first give priority to national and state interests, and not to interests of some particular group or political party”, said the President, adding that Croatia “cannot waste time”.


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