Dissolution of Parliament Triggers Snap Elections

sabor27 June 2016, VG Intelligence Weekly Issue 12

On 20 June, with 137 votes ‘for’ and two ‘against’, the Croatian Parliament (Sabor) voted to dissolve itself on 15 July, thus triggering snap elections to most likely take place in early September (i.e.  4 or 11 September); the constitution requires elections to be held between 30 and 60 days of the Sabor’s dissolution. The dissolution occurred after Prime Minister (PM) Tihomir Oreskovic lost a vote of no-confidence against him in the Sabor on 16 June, which toppled the short-lived government. President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will announce the exact date of the early elections after 15 July.

The failed government reshuffle directly prompted the decision of Tomislav Karamarko to resign as President of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). The HDZ with Karamarko as its leader, did not succeed in mustering up enough support (i.e. a majority of 76 MP seats) to restructure a new government. “I failed at forming a new parliamentary majority and, therefore, I resign”, Karamarko told the press on 21 June. Karamarko had also resigned as First Deputy PM, after the State Commission for Conflict of Interest issued a decision stating that his relationship with the Hungarian oil and gas company MOL represents a conflict of interest…

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