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After just six months in office, the conservative premier is assailed by the junior coalition partner and minority parties.12 May 2017
Croatia’s prime minister is struggling to shore up his government against both political and economic storms, with a snap election looking increasingly likely.
On Wednesday a deputy representing the Italian minority, Furio Radin, said he would not support the government unless it distanced itself from the outbursts of Milijan Brkic, a top HDZ official and deputy chair of parliament, who said Monday ethnic Croats should decide matters in the country, Balkan Insight reports.
If he wants to avoid early elections, Plenkovic badly needs the support of the eight ethnic minority deputies now that the coalition agreement with Most has collapsed.
Plenkovic’s relations with Most, a loose grouping of reformists, ran aground against the rock of Agrokor, the huge debt-burdened group now under state management.
In late April he fired three of Most’s cabinet ministers for failing to support Finance Minister Zoran Maric, a former Agrokor executive. Opposition parties called for Maric to resign over the growing scandal of the company’s $6 billion debt, Politico reported.
Agrokor’s state-appointed manager Ante Ramljak yesterday said some subsidiaries will be sold to cover some of the debts to creditors and suppliers, according to a separate report by Balkan Insight.
Ramljak told the Nova TV station that he expected no major layoffs in the group’s core retail, food, and agriculture businesses, adding that Agrokor will cease to exist as a unified group within a year.
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