HNS president also said that his party would independently participate in forthcoming local elections.
HNS president Ivan Vrdoljak said on Saturday that HNS and MOST were two completely different parties and called on HDZ and MOST to finally form a government. He also said that HNS would run in the forthcoming local elections independently, including in Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek and Split, reports Index.hr on October 1, 2016.
Speaking for Croatian Radio, Vrdoljak said that “HNS and MOST are completely opposite parties because HNS advocates for freedoms, including the economic freedom of entrepreneurship. We have never even thought about having to control ministries of interior or justice, while MOST immediately said they had to control these institutions”. “When you consider MOST’s ideological positions, which are obviously led by groups which no one knows who they are but are related to the Church, it is normal that our too sides are likely to oppose each other”, he added. Vrdoljak said that HDZ and MOST should finally stop negotiating and form a government to implement all their promises. He pointed out that HDZ and MOST now have their chance and that HNS can help them as a stable alternative and the opposition.
Vrdoljak announced that, when the future Prime Minister-Designate shows that he has 76 signatures of support from MPs, HNS would probably vote for the election of the Speaker of Parliament, but would not support the future government. He said that HDZ and MOST have returned to protracted negotiations about everything and anything which burdens the public. Although he is confident that the two parties will in the end reach an agreement, Vrdoljak said that “the only ‘disturbing’ element is MOST, which is trying to find a way to go into opposition because it is not easy to take responsibility. It is easier to overthrow the government.”
Asked about election for SDP president, Vrdoljak said that he would not comment on the election, pointing out that he expected the two parties to cooperate as two opposition parties.
Vrdoljak confirmed that the party had already started preparing for local elections in May because they are “serious about politics”. He announced that “HNS would very seriously participate in the elections in Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek and Split”. He added that he had not yet decided whether to sue the leaders of MOST for charges put forward against him and some of his party colleagues, and said that he would certainly do that if they continue to invent accusations and threats.