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We Can – New Leftist Political Party Founded in Croatia

By 11 February 2019

ZAGREB, February 11, 2019 - A new political party, called We Can, was founded in Zagreb on Sunday, and its founding conference decided that the party would not have a president, but two coordinators. Sandra Benčić and Teodor Celakoski were elected coordinators, and together with five other members they make up the party's governing committee.

Benčić said that after recently launching the political platform of the same name, their goal was to register a political party as an instrument for participating in elections.

The party plans to run in the elections for the European Parliament in May and is open to forming a coalition with similar left-leaning groups who share their values, including social democrats and the non-parliamentary far left, but not with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) which they regard as a liberal centrist party.

"We want to talk to those who share our values and who have not politically compromised themselves in the last 30 years," Benčić said.

Tomislav Tomašević, one of the founders of the party and a Zagreb City Councillor, said: "We hope to mobilise new voters who have not voted for any of the existing political groups so far. I think that the European Parliament elections are a good test for new progressive and particularly leftist political parties. This is a good time for us to show up on the political scene and offer voters something new, particularly in a situation where parties like the SDP are going through a crisis and are being abandoned by their voters."

We Can! will advocate higher living standards for all people in Croatia and will fight against inequality. The basic values it will promote are equality of all people, equality before law, greater economic equality, and the struggle against poverty, corruption and clientelism.

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