The president of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Tomislav Karamarko, said on Thursday evening that the government was implementing “a creeping coup d’etat” because it wanted to prolong its life as a caretaker government, adding however that the government would fail in this attempt.
“The government is implementing a creeping coup d’etat. They will try to inaugurate parliament and thus prolong the life of this incompetent and destructive caretaker government. This is a disaster. They will not succeed,” Karamarko told reporters after a ceremony marking the 16th anniversary of the death of the first Croatian president and HDZ founder, Franjo Tudjman.
Asked to comment on announcements from the Social Democratic Party (SDP) that in the next several days their Croatia is Growing coalition would gain the support of 76 deputies who would then elect parliament speaker, Karamarko said this was yet another spin by the the SDP-led coalition. “This government and this party have been lying for the past four years, so what is stopping them from lying now in an attempt to make somebody join them at the 11th hours,” Karamarko said adding that they would fail.
Asked if he was prepared to give up the position of prime minister designate, if the Bridge reformist party continues to insist on a non-partisan prime minister, Karamarko said that in this difficult situation nobody had the right to set conditions. He underscored that the important thing now was to form a majority in parliament and handle burning issues in the country.