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Croatian Lawmakers Confirm Oreskovic as New Prime Minister

  • Croatian parliament approves Oreskovic's cabinet in late vote
  • Government changes hands immediately after vote on Friday

The Croatian parliament confirmed former pharmaceutical executive Tihomir Oreskovic as the next prime minister and his cabinet after a 13-hour debate in which he pledged to secure economic growth following a record recession.

Lawmakers in the 151-seat legislature made the approval late Friday in a vote of 83 to 61, with five abstentions. Oreskovic, who doesn’t belong to any party, is supported by the Croatian Democratic Union and Bridge parties, which hold 59 and 14 seats, respectively. The party of Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic, which controls two seats, signed a coalition agreement just before the vote.