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Croatian president nominates incumbent Plenkovic as PM-designate

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Croatian Prime Minister-designate and the leader of Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Andrej Plenkovic waves as he stands next to the media after casting his ballot during parliamentary election, in Zagreb, Croatia, July 5, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

Croatia's president nominates center-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party leader Andrej Plenkovic as prime minister-designate, signalling his return to power after a July 5 parliamentary election.

The HDZ is set to form a majority coalition with the support of two smaller liberal parties and representatives of national minorities.

"I was shown that Plenkovic has the support of 76 parliamentary deputies," President Zoran Milanovic told reporters.

The HDZ won 66 seats in the 151-seat parliament, well ahead of the main opposition Social Democrats, who with their allies took 41 seats. Plenkovic headed the outgoing HDZ-led coalition for the past four years.

The new parliament is expected to convene next Wednesday after which Plenkovic will seek approval for his new cabinet, probably a day later. "The new government will have 16 ministries, four less than the previous one, for the sake of better functionality," Plenkovic said.

Most ministers from the previous government are likely to keep their jobs including Finance Minister Zdravko Maric, seen as pivotal to keeping public finances on track to advance
Zagreb's bid to adopt the euro single currency during the next government's term in office.

(Source: Reuters) 

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