“I am aware that I am no longer an activist but deputy mayor and something like that will never be repeated again and I will not embarrass our town,” Ivošević said.
He apologized to Mayor Ivica Puljak (Centar), city councillors in the ruling majority for being connected to some of his wrong decisions.
This was his first public statement since the contentious episode with the reporter. He had promised not to address the public for “a month” but that today he considered it was only fair and necessary to make this statement, as he had been out of the country for a few days.
Apologies to Ms. Lulić and anyone who felt offended
“I apologize to Ms. Nikolina Lulić and anyone else who may have felt insulted by my words and my way of communication. I have learned my lesson and will change some things in my life,” he said.
He told reporters that they have the right to do their job and that he will try and make information more accessible to them.
“I am still in my old ‘mode’ as an activist when communication was more informal but my current position as deputy mayor does not allow that anymore,” he added.
I would ask someone who acted like me to step down
Asked if he would insist on resignation in the event that someone else had acted the way he did, Ivošević said that he would first ask for an apology and would probably call for their resignation if he were a part of the Opposition.
“I have already apologized to Ms. Nikolina Lulić and apologized again. I can apologize as many times as required,” he added.
He did not wish to comment on a statement by the mayor’s close associate Srđan Marinić that Slobodna Dalmacija tried to racketeer city authorities.
“I have learned that as deputy mayor I should not comment on the work of the media in any sense. If I wish to comment I cannot say anything in the capacity of deputy mayor. What I can say is that on two occasions we rejected to enter into business cooperation that was valued at HRK 460,000. I’ve learned my lesson I cannot comment on the work of media houses,” he said.
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