Croatian Lawmakers Prepare to Debate on Parliament’s Dissolution

  • Croatia faces snap election after government toppled last week
  • Lawmakers seek election in September, president to pick date

Croatian lawmakers will begin debating a motion to dissolve parliament following the Adriatic country’s government collapse last week amid corruption allegations and opening the way for early elections as soon as September.

Parliament speaker Zeljko Reiner is expected to put the motion on the agenda at noon after President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic on Friday said that no political party could muster a ruling majority and appealed to Reiner, a member of the Croatian Democratic Union, which initiated the fall of the cabinet, to allow lawmakers to debate and vote on the motion as soon as possible.

“Almost all political parties want the elections to be scheduled in the beginning of September,” Kitarovic said on Friday. “I will take into account their wishes when I decide on the date.”

The call for an early election ends four months of wrangling between the Croatian Democratic Union, a nationalist party known as HDZ, and the smaller Bridge party made up of mayors and independents. It also stops a drive by Tihomir Oreskovic, Croatia’s first non-aligned prime minister, to push through measures to cut public spending and debt and sell state assets to help the Adriatic state recover from a record recession.

A motion to break up the assembly and call a snap vote was signed by the end of last week by 82 members of the 151-seat parliament. The deputies initiated the motion after Oreskovic lost a no-confidence vote on Thursday, effectively toppling the government.

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