ZAGREB – Unifying HDZ members.

The election debate for party president, deputy and four vice-presidents for Croatian Democratic Party (HDZ) which will be held on 15 March is heating up.

These functions are elected directly, by one member, one vote. Plenkovic’s opposition candidate for party president, Miro Kovac, said what kind of party he wants after the March elections during today’s festivity of Saint Blaise, the patron of Dubrovnik – a ceremony which gathered current leaders of HDZ, noting that the question should be posed to the voters.

”They have said their opinion in the European Parliament elections, where we had the worst result since the beginning of HDZ. If someone is the party president, leads the HDZ policy and represents the Croatian government, then he is probably responsible for that”, he said adding that  HDZ will try to gather all members of HDZ, and ”we certainly won’t make decisions on our own as Plenkovic did with the ratification of Istanbul convention.

The vision that members of the party will be unified in their decisions is a clear message shared by other candidates: Ivan Penava, Vukovar Mayor and candidate for deputy HDZ president and Davor Ivo Stier candidate for the Vice President of the HDZ.

”We want the HDZ to come out of the party elections stronger and confirm its position. Some of the party campaigns are trying to build on issues on which there have been differing opinions in the HDZ in recent years – HDZ Presidential Advisor Mario Kapulica said. 

Regarding the recent presidential election, he said that HDZ didn’t win the expected result but that the result of the current president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic is the result of great engagement and support of the HDZ while they should look to get back voters of the independent right-wing candidate on Presidential election, Miroslav Škoro, who voted for the Socialdemocrat candidate Zoran Milanovic, the winner of the presidential elections.

”100,000 voters of Miroslav Skora voted for Zoran Milanovic, one should be careful where we lose and where we win,” he said.   (Karla Junicic| EURACTIV.hr)

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