President announces new consultations next week


Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Monday, after the second round of consultations on prime minister designate, that she rejected all forms of pressure, adding that she would continue to protect the Constitution in the process of forming the government.

Grabar-Kitarovic stressed she would insist on the full application of a constitutional regulation according to which prime minister designate must enjoy the support of a majority in the Croatian parliament. Given that no party managed to secure the support of 76 elected MPs in the 151-seat parliament, the president scheduled a new round of consultation for next week.

“I want to send a clear and unambiguous message to all political parties and protagonists that I will insist on the full application of the constitutional regulation stipulating that prime minister designate must enjoy the support of a majority of deputies in the Croatian parliament. In doing so, I reject in the strongest terms any form of pressure,” Grabar-Kitarovic said in her address.

Unfortunately, nobody has yet secured the majority in parliament, she added.

“I also call on heads of state institutions, notably those in the security system, not to jeopardise safety of Croatian citizens and the Croatian state,” the president said.

In the meantime, Grabar-Kitarovic has requested the National Security Council to launch an investigation into the leak of a document from the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) regarding the role of former member of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) Mirko Raskovic during the 1991-1995 war.

At the end of her address, the president called on the elected parliamentary deputies to show full responsibility towards citizens who elected them.