Karamarko says Reiner remaines HDZ’s parliament speaker candidate


The president of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Tomislav Karamarko, said on Wednesday that Zeljko Reiner remained the HDZ’s candidate for the position of parliament speaker, adding that it would be good if parliament was not constituted on Thursday.

“Zeljko Reiner is our candidate for the position of parliament speaker, we nominated him and we are entitled to do that,” Karamarko told the press after talking to Bridge reformist party leaders. He added that the HDZ caucus would discuss Bridge proposals on Thursday morning, without specifying if Bridge wanted its member Robert Podolnjak to be nominated for the position of parliament speaker. “They (Bridge) told us what they think and we shall discuss it tomorrow,” Karamarko said.

“The HDZ caucus is meeting tomorrow morning at 8.30. I put all these problems, the parliament and the government, in the same package which I have to resolve with my party colleagues. This is why we will hold a meeting of the party presidency and the national council in the coming days,” Karamarko said after the talks that lasted for two and a half hours.

Stressing that the talks with Bridge representatives were pleasant, Karamarko said they also talked about constituting the parliament and possibilities for forming the new government.

The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic called the inaugural session of the new, eighth parliament for Thursday, December 3.

Parliament Speaker Josip Leko said on Tuesday that he expected the inaugural session of the new parliament to be held in an orderly manner and in accordance with the Constitution and the parliament’s rule book, and that he would insist on those rules as had always done. Leko will chair the first convention of the eighth parliament on Thursday until the appointment of the new speaker, which will mark the inauguration of the new, eighth legislature.

“We have not had such a situation before in which parliament is being convened although a majority has not been formed,” Leko said.

If the new parliament is not constituted, we will adjourn the session and reconvene it as soon as political stakeholders say that they have a majority required to form a government, Leko said yesterday.