At a closed session on Thursday, the government submitted a motion to the Croatian Parliament to dismiss Attorney General Drazen Jelenic at his own request due to the Masonic affair. Croatian Prime Minister and HDZ President Andrej Plenković believes the row will not affect the election process within the HDZ, he told reporters in Brussels.
“I reject all theses regarding any interference, ie, disabling the procedures of all candidates. I called on all members who thought they had a proper program to run before the election, and I expect that after the election, we will congratulate the winners and empowered together prepare for the parliamentary elections, ” Medved said.
Andrej Plenkovic and his team has collected the necessary signatures before the deadline for the HDZ election on 15 March, his chief of staff, Damir Krsticevic, confirmed.
”We have collected 25-26,000 signatures which will be submitted next week. Plenkovic and the whole team have a lot of support in the field”, Krsticevic told Jutarnji list.
The Option for Change team led by Miro Kovac, Ivan Penava and Davor Ivo Stier blamed Plenković’s team for having trouble collecting signatures due to pressure on the ground.
‘’We have a mental set of people who I have to describe as submissive, connected to the clientelism, and they have to be appealing to current structures in order not to put themselves in an awkward position, said Penava for N1 on Tuesday (18 February).
Plenković’s opponent Miro Kovac also spoke about the pressure on the ground. ”People are being blackmailed by jobs, credits, various competitions … People are being threatened and that’s a fact – he said. But on Thursday he said that he is confident that his team will gather the required number of signatures for the elections. He also said that many HDZ member are also prone to vote for his team, but they do not want to say it publicly”.
In another news, at a closed session on Thursday, the government submitted a motion to the Croatian Parliament to dismiss Attorney General Drazen Jelenic at his own request due to the Masonic affair (read more in the Wednesday’s Capitals)
Croatian Prime Minister and HDZ leader, Andrej Plenković, told reporters in Brussels that he believes that the row will not affect the election process within the HDZ. (Karla Junicic, EURACTIV.hr)