HDZ's Coalition Partners to Demand Minister Dalić’s Resignation?

By 10 May 2018

ZAGREB, May 10, 2018 - After the publication of Economy Minister Martina Dalić's e-mails concerning Lex Agrokor, the Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) partners in the ruling coalition on Thursday demanded an urgent coalition meeting.

"After these e-mails... it is absolutely clear that urgent talks within the ruling coalition are necessary and it is absolutely clear that the ruling coalition can't and shouldn't carry the burden of something that isn't and shouldn't be its burden," Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) president Milorad Pupovac told Jutarnji List daily.

"On the other hand, the completion of a settlement can't be jeopardised by how certain legal solutions to come out of the crisis were arrived at. What is positive can't be further contaminated by what is negative," he said, referring to the crisis in the Agrokor food and retail group and a settlement between its creditors.

Italian national minority MP Furio Radin told media he too demanded a coalition meeting because of the new developments concerning Dalić.

Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS) president Darinko Kosor told Jutarnji List he expected an "urgent investigation" by the State Prosecutor's Office of those involved in drawing up the law on emergency administration in systemic companies, dubbed Lex Agrokor.

The Croatian People's Party (HNS) unofficially said, "If the e-mails are authentic, the authorities must react and Martina Dalić has to resign."