In a Puzzling Statement, Croatian President Denies Trying to Topple Government

By 29 November 2018

ZAGREB, November 29, 2018 - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Thursday most resolutely denied any possibility of her "alleged involvement in an alleged plan" to topple Prime Minister Andrej Plenković's government and said that it would be a political coup against state institutions, particularly the institution of the President, Grabar-Kitarović's office said in a press release.

"Croatian President most resolutely denies any fabrication of her alleged involvement in the alleged attempts to topple the Andrej Plenković government. The President believes that that fabrications alone, based on statements that have not been verified by the relevant institutions, amounts to a direct political coup against Croatian state institutions and in particular against the institution of the President," the press release said.

Due to unverified information released in certain media outlets, President Grabar-Kitarović on 26 October made a proposal to Prime Minister Plenković to convene the National Security Council "however, to this date, she has not received a reply to that proposal."

"Croatian President believes that it is impermissible that the relevant state institutions have failed to react to the release of information which is being the subject matter of a confidential investigation. Therefore, the President expects all the relevant bodies to inform the National Security Council about the activities undertaken to clear up this affair and to identify the masterminds and the objectives of that scandal, but without undermining the confidentiality of the investigation," the press release said.

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