ZAGREB, August 5, 2019 – Presidential candidate Miroslav Škoro said on Sunday that he did not intend “to play a pot plant or a pin-up model” if elected president.
“I advocate a slightly more serious status when the post of president is concerned,” Škoro told reporters during a visit to Sinj, where he arrived for the Sinjska Alka tournament, explaining that he called for more presidential powers because the current model was not good.
He noted that over the past 20 years it had become evident that there was no parliamentary democracy in Croatia because political activity was reduced to arrangements between the leader of the winning party and the coalition partners, which, he said, should be changed.
Škoro believes that voters, who elect the president in direct elections, should have the right to act as a corrective in that sense and that the president should also be able to launch certain initiatives and not just perform ceremonial duties.
Škoro said that claims that he was avoiding the media were not true because he had been in the media for a long time and had practically grown up before the public eye.
He said that in the next five months he would answer all the questions and would try to conduct an affirmative campaign focusing on his platform.
As for incumbent president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović’s not having confirmed her candidacy yet, he said that it was a beautiful and sunny day and that she might do it today.
Škoro sad that he was a better candidate than Grabar-Kitarović because he had competence, results and vision, and that the role of the president so far had been ceremonial.
Speaking about bilingual signs in Vukovar, Škoro said that legal regulations should be complied with but that Vukovar was a wounded city and that additional politicisation should be avoided.
He added that nobody was against the Cyrillic script or minority rights but that sometimes the opinion of the majority should be taken into account because Croatia was the state of the Croat people.
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