Croatian President to Hold 3rd Round of Consultations

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, PresidentLPJ Issue 161, 14 December 2015

On 7 December, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic held the second round of consultations with elected MPs and parliamentary parties towards appointing a PM-designate or calling for new elections. The President concluded that none of the parties or coalitions enjoyed the confidence of a majority of representatives. The third round of consultations with the HDZ-led “Patriotic Coalition” and the SDP-led “Croatia is Growing” coalition taking place on 14 December in a joint meeting, while the consultations with MOST list of independent MPs and other parties will be on 15 December.

Prior to the consultations, she will meet with constitutional Law experts, namely, Branko Smerdel (Zagreb), Sanja Baric (Rijeka), Arsen Bacic (Split) and Zvonimir Lauc and Mato Palic (Osijek), who will advise her on the constitutional consequences of her final decision. On 8 December, Croatian People’s Party (HNS), Croatian Pensioners’ Party (HSU) and the Croatian Labourists – Labour Party (all from the “Croatia is Growing” coalition) rejected MOST’s proposal on forming a non-partisan government; over the weekend the SDP rejected MOST’s call for a grand coalition government. MOST will also meet with both blocks on 14 December.

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