GOVERNMENT FORMATION: Croatia’s New Government on the Horizon
3 October 2016, VG Intelligence Weekly Issue 24
A tumultuous few months on Croatia’s political scene edged closer to an end this week. On 26 September, the State Electoral Commission (DIP) released the official and final results of the Croatian parliamentary elections. The publication of these results is the precursor needed to kick off a series of consultations with the country’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on the formation of a new Government.
The first round of consultations was held on September 28 and saw party representatives and newly elected MPs that will form the next Parliament (i.e. Sabor) inform the President whether they will support the soon to be formed centre-right coalition Government or remain in opposition. President Grabar-Kitarovic said that she remains optimistic, even though no party has yet ensured the necessary MP signatures to form a Government. “I am happy with the dynamism and climate in which today’s talks were held. The elected officials and their parties have shown they have a constructive attitude and feel responsible for establishing a stable Government”, said Grabar-Kitarovic.
This round of consultations also gave Andrej Plenkovic, the President of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), a chance to formally brief the President on the current state of negotiations between his party and the present election “kingmaker” Bridge of Independent Lists (MOST). Namely, on 26 September, a third round of negotiations concluded between the HDZ and MOST. Plenkovic said he believed his party will soon have more than the 76 MP signatures needed to form a new Government. Apart from MOST, Plenkovic also held talks with 8 national minority MPs…