Presidential Candidate Škoro on Serb Minority Leader's Statement

By 8 September 2019

ZAGREB, September 8, 2019 - Presidential candidate Miroslav Škoro said on Saturday that the President of the Republic should have the right to launch a procedure to have a political party outlawed and that in such cases a final decision should be rendered by the Constitutional Court.

Škoro made the statement while speaking to the press during a visit to the agricultural fair in Gudovac near Bjelovar, about 90 kilometres northeast of Zagreb. He was commenting on the statement by the leader of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, in which he compared Croatia to a fascist creation.

"If a member of the ruling coalition says that, then I as a concerned citizen have two options. If he is right, then I am living in a fascist state, which I don't want to and nor do the Croatian citizens. And if this gentleman was not telling the truth, then certain steps should be taken to see why he was not telling the truth and why he is undermining Croatia's constitutional and legal order," Škoro said.

He added that anyone who undermines the country's constitutional and legal order should be aware that "words must have consequences."

Škoro pointed out that he had never said he would ban the party representing the Serb minority.

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