Tihomir Orešković nominated as new Prime Minister
Croatia’s President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, has named a pharmaceutical executive, Tihomir Orešković, as the country’s next prime minister. The move comes a month after a general election produced a hung parliament.
The nominee is supported by the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and its Patriotic Coalition which has 56 seats in the 151 seat Hrvatski sabor and the centre to centre-right Bridge of Independent Lists (MOST) which holds 19 seats.
The press notification on the president’s website announced the news as follows:
“23 December 2015
The address by the President of the Republic on the occasion of entrusting the mandate to form the Government of the Republic of Croatia:
“Dear Croatians, dear fellow citizens,
I completed the fifth and final round of consultations for entrusting the mandate to a person who enjoys the trust of the majority of all Members elected to the new assembly of the Croatian Parliament.
At the very end of this process, Mr Tihomir Orešković convinced me that he enjoys the trust of seventy eight Members of the Croatian Parliament, which he proved with the signatures which he just publicly and before you presented to me.
Therefore, in accordance with my Constitutional authorities, I herewith entrust him with the mandate to form the new, 13th Government of the Republic of Croatia.
Equally so, I convene the constituting session of the Croatian Parliament for Monday, December 28th, at 12:00 o’clock.
Thank you very much.”