Ruling Coalition Reshuffle Already in Progress?

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Milivoj Špika, one of MPs from the Patriotic Coalition, says that new parliamentary majority has already been formed.

Milivoj Špika, president of the Pensioners Together Block party (BUZ), one of the members of the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition, announced today in Parliament that he would leave the HSLS Parliamentary Group and become member of the Parliamentary Group of the party led by Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić, report Večernji List and Jutarnji List on May 11, 2016.

“My cooperation with the HSLS Parliamentary Group was primarily technical in nature, but I will now focus more on the issues of pensioners. This is only the beginning of the enlargement of this parliamentary group”, said Špika, adding that the relations within the ruling coalition have escalated and that it was only a matter of time when a new ruling coalition would be formed or new parliamentary elections would be held.

“New parliamentary majority has already been formed, there are just some details which still need to be agreed upon, because in the political discourse it is always possible that someone might change his or her mind”, said Špika, adding that only HDZ president Tomislav Karamarko and SDP president Zoran Milanović have legitimacy to be a prime minister.

Asked whether this meant that the current Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković no longer had his support, Špika said that he still supported him. Reporters asked him why he supported Orešković if he believed that he did not have legitimacy. Špika answered that the decision had been made by larger partners within the Patriotic Coalition. He added that the issue was not whether MOST is being broken apart, but what MOST represented anymore. “Although they won 19 parliamentary seats in the election, I think they currently do not have more than 10 MPs”, said Špika. Asked when the new government would be formed if there truly is a new ruling majority, Špika said that would be done when the right time comes.

Ivan Kovačić (MOST) said that Špika can do whatever he wanted, but that with the votes he won at the parliamentary elections he could not form a new majority in Parliament.

Radimir Čačić (Reformists) said that it was almost impossible to form a new parliamentary majority. “I am almost sure that it is impossible to form a new parliamentary majority. The only real solution for Croatia is to have new elections. Everything else would be intrinsically immoral”, he added.


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