Opposition chief criticises government

The president of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and former Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic, said on Friday the incumbent government had not done anything in its first 100 days in office, adding that the announced reforms "are nothing but a pose."

"Nothing happened in the first 100 days. Zero," Milanovic said in an interview with RTL television commenting on the first 100 days in office of Tihomir Oreskovic's cabinet.

Asked if, in his opinion, the government can stay in office until the end of its term, Milanovic said this is not a matter of his opinion, but of relations in parliament, adding that the problem was the fact that the European parliamentarian practice was not familiar with the present government concept in Croatia because a junior partner in the ruling coalition -- Bridge -- was not a classic political party.

Asked if he had a shadow government ready, Milanovic said his party had people who were ready and that this was not a shadow government or a government working in a daylight, but that his strategy was to work.

"Clearly we did our job well, results can be seen now. We were a reasonable reform government, we made decisions. Idea, preparation, realisation -- this is the only way a government can function. It is also important for the prime minister to be a person with a certain political authority, a person who is at the helm of a strong political party which is at least relatively the strongest party in the ruling majority. And the present situation lacks every single one of those things," Milanovic said.

He also said he did not have even a little confidence in the incumbent government's reform programme. "This is nothing but a pose," Milanovic said.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 14:16

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