Croatian government ousted
Following a session lasting five hours Croatia’s parliament voted yesterday to support a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković and his government. A total of 125 supported the no confidence motion whilst 15 voted against and there were two abstentions.
President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović will now hold consultations in the hope of forming a new government. Political parties have 30 days in which to form a new government. If they fail to do so then fresh elections will be called. The largest party in the Hrvatski sabor or parliament, the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), say they have the support of 68 MPs but they will need 76 names to form a government in the 151 seat parliament.
Local observers believe that the HDZ will not gain the requisite number of MPs supporting them and it is possible that a majority might come forward and call for the dissolution of parliament and fresh elections.
The crisis came about because no single party managed to gain enough seats in the 8th November 2015 general election and the loose coalition formed after the vote struggled from the very start. Last week the prime minister accused the HDZ leader, Tomislav Karamarko, of a conflict of interest with the state owned oil company and from there the government finally unravelled.