President invites political parties for third round of consultations on Monday


President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has called for Monday a third round of consultations with the parliamentary parties on the formation of a new government, the President’s Office said on Tuesday.

The meeting with the political leaders will be preceded by consultations with constitutional law experts from all four Croatian universities.

Leaders of the centre-left Croatia Is Growing coalition, led by the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and the centre-right Patriotic Coalition, led by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), were invited to meet with the President at 2pm on Monday and the constitutional law professors at 11am.

Under the constitution, the President gives a mandate to form a government to a person who enjoys the confidence of a majority of MPs.

There has been speculation about what Grabar-Kitarovic should do given that after two rounds of consultations none of the parties has secured the support of at least 76 elected MPs. Some argue that she should appoint a prime minister-designate regardless of insufficient support, some believe that she should give the mandate to the relative winner of the parliamentary election, which is the HDZ, while some say that she should call a new election and appoint a non-partisan government without naming a prime minister-designate.

Addressing the political parties after the second round of consultations on Monday, Grabar-Kitarovic said that she would insist on the full application of the constitutional provision that requires a prime minister-designate to enjoy the support of a majority of lawmakers.