President sets new round of talks with parties for Monday

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After a failed attempt to constitute the parliament, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Thursday called on the newly elected parliamentary deputies to show responsibility towards Croatian citizens.

“I call on the newly elected parliamentary deputies to show responsibility towards citizens, towards the voters who elected them,” the president told the press after leaving the parliament, announcing the second round of consultations with political parties for Monday.

The first attempt to inaugurate parliament has failed as only one candidate for the position of Parliament Speaker was proposed — 55 deputies of the Social Democratic Party-led Croatia Is Growing coalition proposed that Robert Podolnjak, a deputy of the Bridge reformist party, be appointed to that position – but the Croatian Democratic Union voted against and Podolnjak turned down the nomination.

Podolnjak said that he would accept his appointment only if the parliament voted him in by consensus, to which incumbent Parliament Speaker Josip Leko stated that this meant that no valid proposals had been put forward and adjourned the session, adding that it would resume when the majority needed to inaugurate the parliament was formed.

(Hina)

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