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Croatia: PM Plenkovic Defends Finance Minister Maric

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Wednesday evening defended Finance Minister Zdravko Maric from another attempt by the parliamentary opposition to replace the minister, calling the motion of the opposition strange and the group of MPs who supported him ridiculous, Croatian media reported.

“The parliamentary majority rejects the motion and Minister Maric will continue to do his job for the benefit of the Croatian economy,” Plenkovic said in a debate over a motion by 34 opposition lawmakers for parliament to give Maric a no-confidence vote.

He then described the introduction of independent MP Karolina Vidović Krišto in which she explained the reasons for the motion as ‘strange’, comparing the ideologically diverse group of MPs who supported her to “a circus troupe”.

The Prime Minister said that the opposition does not understand the concept of separation of powers, judicial autonomy or unhindered work of the police, rejecting their claims as a conspiracy theory.

Speaking about the government’s achievements, Plenkovic recalled tax reform, reducing public debt, restoring the country’s credit rating and preserving jobs, wondering what Vidović Krišto had done. “What have you done for Croatia to join the EU?” “Nothing at all,” he said.

He added that the current government will continue in its current form for several years to come and will work to improve the living standards of its citizens.

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric dismissed the allegations in the no-confidence motion, calling them baseless.

He said he categorically rejected any insinuation, starting from the fact that he used his position to favor the interests of friends and acquaintances, emphasizing that he did his job with conscience and responsibility.

Vidović Krišto dismissed the motion of no confidence in Mari për for spending several days on a yacht owned by businessman Blaž Pavičić and for what she described as “his lie to the public that the businessman does not do business with the state. ”

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