Croatia: Gordan Jandroković was elected Parliamentary Speaker for second consecutive term

Croatia: Gordan Jandroković was elected Parliamentary Speaker for second consecutive term

Less than three weeks after General Elections July 5, Croatia has a new Parliament.

The newly elected MPs convened on Wednesday in Zagreb on the constitutive session of the 10th parliament. Gordan Jandroković was elected to be Speaker of this 151-seat legislature.

The proposal by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) to nominate Jandroković for this post was supported by 143 MPs, with one abstention, and there were no votes against the motion.

Gordan Jandroković of the ruling HDZ, who was also the Speaker of the 9th parliament, continues performing this duty in the new legislature, and he is the first parliament speaker to be appointed to this position for two successive terms. Jandroković, born in 1967 in Bjelovar, has won a seat in six parliamentary elections to date. He was also a foreign minister and a deputy prime minister and has held other positions since 1992.

The first session was held in the Parliament in accordance with all epidemiological measures, which was why parliamentarians wore masks and kept a social distance.

During the July 5 parliamentary polls, Croatia elected 151 deputies of whom 34 are women and 117 men.

In the new parliament, the youngest deputy is 30-year-old Marina Opačak-Bilić of the SDP party, and the oldest deputy is HDZ parliamentarian Miroslav Tuđman, 74.

The three deputy speakers nominated by the governing majority are Željko Reiner and Ante Sanader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and Furio Radin, who is the ethnic Italian representative.

The election of Reiner and Sanader was supported by 136 and 134 deputies respectively, with the one abstention vote given by Workers Front MP, Katarina Peović.

Radin’s election was supported unanimously with 143 votes.

The two deputy speakers from the opposition ranks are Rajko Ostojić of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Miroslav Škoro of the Homeland Movement (DP) party.

Ostojić’s election was also unanimously supported by 143 MPs who participated in the voting.

Škoro’s appointment was supported by 110 parliamentarians, with two abstentions and with Peović voting against it.

Several SDP MPs voted for Škoro’s appointment whereas some of them did not attend the voting after a short meeting of the SDP club, which ensued after Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković said that Škoro is one of the two nominees for the post of Deputy Speaker from the ranks of the opposition./ibna