SDP chief accuses President of infringing on premier's powers

Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic has assessed that Croatia currently "has neither a government nor Prime Minister", and criticised President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of claiming powers to which she is not entitled.

Commenting on the performance of the current cabinet led by Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, the SDP chief and Oreskovic's predecessor, told a news conference in Zagreb on Thursday, that "disharmony" was now worse than during the term of the cabinet led by SDP leader Ivica Racan.  Racan served as the prime minister from 2000 to 2003 at the helm of the SDP-led coalition government.

"I thought that was the worst, but what we can se now is not functioning. Fortunately, we are not in a grave crisis," Milanovic said.

In parallel, we have the president who wants to be the prime minister. She should not be taking on the (premier's) powers, but she is because Croatia doesn't have a government or a prime minister, he said describing the situation as a precedent.

Asked by reporters whether he could take power without Croatia going to a new election, Milanovic said "the Croatian people do not deserve this," but that one can wait for a few more months.

"The (Oreskovic) cabinet has been set up and been given support by the parliament. I would like them to propose something coherent, however all of this does not bode well. They (in the government) first did not communicate at all and now they are arguing about things that have already been settled," SDP's leader said.

Last update: Thu, 03/03/2016 - 16:45

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