Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko said in an interview with national radio (HR) on Monday that he had neither the time nor the will for any TV duel with incumbent Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, and called on Milanovic to provide the public with explanations for his indolence and lack of reforms during the term of his cabinet in the last four years.
The Opposition chief criticised the government led by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the emigration of 100,000 Croatian residents in the said period. “Milanovic should give answers to young people leaving Croatia,” Karamarko said.
As for an extraordinary parliamentary session that starts on Tuesday, seven days before the start of regular sitting, Karamarko said that this was an “unpredictable and selfish” act of the governing coalition, claiming that the public does not know the reasons for the extraordinary meeting. He believes that topics of a populist nature would be on the agenda for the purpose of election campaigning.
He also criticised Milanovic for being unfair while keeping secret a date for the parliamentary election.
Karamarko said that the HDZ and its coalition had “strong coalition potential” and he is confident that the HDZ would score a convincing victory at the election.
As for the economic plank of the HDZ programme, Karamarko said that everybody who wished to cooperate in this field was welcome.