Prime Ministers of Croatia
"There is no external pressure to encourage change; the [European] Commission, for example, has abolished the anti-corruption reports it once had."
Responsibility for the fight, Ivkovic Novokmet said, had fallen on institutions now firmly in the hands of the conservative Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, in power since January 2016.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who is also a leader of the ruling Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, sacked Health Minister Milan Kujundzic on Tuesday after a series of media reports that he did not admit the true value of his real estate holdings.
"The minister was focused on topics that had nothing to do with what he was doing," Plenkovic told reporters.
Turning the Tables
The unexpected victory of Zoran Milanovic in the Presidential elections, the second round of which was concluded on January 5, has turned the tables on Croatian politics. The country is now braced for a period of strained cohabitation between President-elect Milanovic from the opposition SDP and the HDZ-led government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
He defeated incumbent President Colinda Grabar Kitarovic in the second round of the presidential election by more than 105,000 votes.
After 99.85 percent of polling stations processed, the former prime minister won 52.70 percent or 1,031,204 votes, while Grabar Kitarovic won 47.30 percent and 925,764 votes, respectively.
Zoran Milanovic won the second round of the presidential election in Croatia on Sunday, according to preliminary results, after nearly 100 per cent of votes were counted.
The Social Democratic candidate and former prime minister took 52.70 per cent of the votes, comfortably beating his centre-right rival, incumbent president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who won 47.30 per cent.