President Zoran Milanović Says Zlata Đurđević Continues to be His Candidate

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“Zlata Đurđević is still my candidate and the HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union), regardless of how difficult it may find it, will have to take a vote on her. For or against, and that will make everything clear,” Milanović said after the Constitutional Court earlier in the day concluded by a majority vote that the President of the Republic can nominate for the post of the Supreme Court president only a candidate who has submitted an application following a public call by the State Judicial Council (DSV).

Milanović’s candidate, Zagreb Law School professor Zlata Đurđević, was not among the three candidates who submitted their applications to the DSV.

Milanović also commented on statements made today by Constitutional Court President Miroslav Šeparović, alluding to media reports about his close friendship with senior HDZ member Vladimir Šeks.

“If public competitions, advertisements and public calls are possibly rigged, that is not the reason to abolish them but rather to enable the election of the best candidate through democratic control – so tells us Šeks’s close friend at the Constitutional Court. And he adds that laws must be applied, I quote, ‘meaningfully’,” Milanović wrote on Facebook, adding “First of all, a competition and a public call are not the same. One more thing you have not learned. And rigging a competition is a criminal act. That goes for everyone, including close friends. You should have learned that.”

The president described most Constitutional Court judges as the HDZ’s bargaining chips whose role was to save the incumbent Supreme Court President Đuro Sessa, whom he described as “a soldier of the HDZ-run judiciary.”

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