SDP Leader Davor Bernardic Survives Overthrow Attempt

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ZAGREB, October 27, 2018 – Bernardic survives. An attempt to put on the agenda of Saturday’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) Main Committee session a vote of no confidence in president Davor Bernardic failed as there were not enough votes.

Of the 87 Main Committee members, 38 voted for including the item on the agenda. The minimum required is 44 votes.

Including the item on the agenda was moved by Zlatar Mayor Jasenka Augustan Pentek, who told the committee she had 35 signatures for initiating a vote of no confidence in Bernardić and appointing Zlatko Komadina acting president until the party’s election convention.

Allegedly, ten SDP Presidency members were for initiating the procedure and Komadina agreed to be acting president until the convention.

Augustan Pentek said after the no-confidence motion failed that “we believed there was a voice of reason in the Main Committee and that everyone sees the situation is not good.” She said they wanted to “talk about the problems in the party and offer a solution so as to stabilise the country.” She said Bernardic was not the only one to blame for the situation in the party but that he was the president.

Opening today’s Main Committee session, Bernardic said he would not allow the scandals in the country to be covered up. He said “people are leaving the country because they’ve had it with watching the criminal underworld run the country… They are leaving because they see that the political and judicial systems are being massively abused, how corrupt they are, and that attempts are being made to cover up the Borg, text messages and elite prostitution scandals.”

“In order to further cover up the scandals, they are willing to scheme with some punks from our ranks to hand over the SDP to the ruling HDZ,” Bernardic said. “I won’t let them hand us over to the HDZ, I won’t let them use their friends’ network to sell off the party and the state.”

He said the SDP’s key task was to restore trust in the authorities and hope among citizens.

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