First Attempt to Constitute Sabor Fails, Political Uncertainty Continues

Hrvatski saborLPJ Issue 160, 7 December 2015

On 3 December, the first attempt to constitute the Sabor (i.e. parliament) was unsuccessful, after the elected representatives failed to elect a new Sabor President, returning the whole process back to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

A total of 55 representatives of the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led “Croatia is Growing” coalition proposed that Robert Podolnjak from the Bridge of Independent Lists (MOST) be voted the new Sabor President. However, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)-led “Patriotic Coalition” did not support the nomination. As a result, Podolnjak turned down the nomination saying that he would accept the appointment if both political blocks supported the initiative.

Sabor President from the previous convocation Josip Leko (SDP), who presided the above session pro tempore, said Podolnjak’s statement meant that no valid proposals had been submitted and, therefore, adjourned the session. Leko concluded that the session would continue when a majority was reached…

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