ZAGREB – Candidate to become prime minister

Davor Bernardić, the leader of the Social-Democratic Party (SDP) has said that he would be the party’s only candidate to become prime minister despite him having never had any executive political or business position.

Bernardić’s announcement comes at a time of uncertainty in Croatian politics. 

For instance, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was hoping that the candidate from his conservative party (HDZ) would win the presidential elections, which would have given his right-wing faction a strong position. However, given that socialist Zoran Milanović (SDP) won the presidential elections, the conservatives may well be in trouble, particularly if the left ends up standing just one candidate.

Also, smaller parties are gaining traction across Croatia, begging the question of whether interest in the more established parties such as Plenković’s conservative HDZ, is still there.   

On top of that, with parliamentary elections expected to take place in Autumn, the country could end up with just two big parties, HDZ and SDP, unable to find coalition partners among an array of very small parties, the creation of which is favoured by the electoral system. (Željko Trkanjec |

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