ZAGREB, Sept 15, 2020 – Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that Split Mayor Andro Krstulovic Opara enjoys his support when asked if Krstulovic Opara would run in the next local election, set for May 2021.
Plenkovic made the statement for the press after meeting with Krstulovic Opara and Split County head Blazenko Boban, also a member of the HDZ party.
HDZ has a lot of candidates for local election
Asked who could be the HDZ’s candidate for the mayor of Zagreb, Plenkovic said that “the HDZ has a lot of candidates.”
“We will have good candidates, there is enough time left for that. The HDZ has a lot of candidates,” Plenkovic said, denying speculation by some media outlets that Finance Minister Zdravko Maric was a likely candidate for the post of Zagreb Mayor.
Plenkovic also commented on the Constitutional Court’s decision of Monday that laws on the powers of the national COVID-19 response team, passed by the parliament, were in line with the Constitution and that most of the team’s decisions were lawful.
Constitutional Court’s support very good in terms of legal security
“The COVID response team and the government yesterday received support from the Constitutional Court which either dismissed (complaints) or declared that practically all of the team’s decisions were constitutional and in line with relevant laws. I believe this is very good in terms of legal security and the fact that our actions were based on Article 16 of the Constitution and we made decisions in the context of a declared epidemic, to protect citizens’ health,” he said.
If the fight against COVID-19 in the spring had not been successful, we would not have achieved 50% of the results of last year’s tourist season, which was the best ever, he stressed.
Commenting on the HDZ’s pre-election promise about a Sunday trading ban, and the fact that the Constitutional Court ruled that the COVID-19 response team’s decision to ban Sunday trading was not in line with the Constitution, Plenkovic recalled that some surveys showed that as many as 80% of Croatians were in favor of a Sunday trading ban.
Gov’t to put forward balanced law on non-working Sunday
“We believe it would be good and in the interest of the family and a healthy balance between work, rest, and spending time with one’s dearest ones. During this term the government will put forward a bill that will seek a balance between a non-working Sunday and a certain number of working Sundays,” he said.