February 21, 2022 – The centre-left opposition parties’ demand in the Croatian parliament on Monday for an early election and the Bridge party’s initiative for the dissolution of parliament received a lukewarm response from right-wing parties.
“Croatian sovereignists are of the opinion that there should be a radical reshuffle of the government because this government has lost its legitimacy. If this does not happen, we should not avoid early elections,” said the MP from party Marijan Pavliček commenting on the demand for early elections following the arrest of Economy Minister Darko Horvat.
He said a snap election had been advocated by Social Democratic Party leader Peđa Grbin, who was recently “caught in the cookie jar” for receiving Family Separation Allowance and “is now doing pretending to be a very moral person”.
“What differentiates him from those who were arrested? He is a small crook and they are big crooks,” Pavliček said.
“I’m not sure that those who aspire to power are much better and can promise change to the Croatian people, as their two leaders Bauk and Grbin have shown,” added Milan Vrkljan (For a Just Croatia) , adding that these people cannot guarantee change.
Independent Hrvoje Zekanović said: “What I am in favor of is irrelevant. Whatever the quasi-opposition can predict and collect signatures, it does not matter, because Andrej Plenković has the majority in the parliament and therefore a stable government.”
Asked if, if at all, he would be the 77th hand of Plenković and the majority led by his Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Zekanović replied that he was in opposition and had none. discussed with the Prime Minister.
Pavliček said the sovereignists would announce their position on Bridge’s initiative on Wednesday, while Vrkljan said Bridge hadn’t asked them anything yet.