Croatian President Zoran Milanovic commissioned incumbent Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday to form a new government after his formation’s victory in the July 5 general election.
The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), led by Plenkovic, won the election, winning 66 of the 151 seats in parliament. Plenkovic has received the support of eight minority MPs and two other smaller parties, for which he has a majority of 76 seats in his favor.
Plenkovic’s clear victory will allow him to avoid having to resort to a coalition with the far-right Movimiento Patria, led by former singer Miroslav Skoro. Plenkovic is expected to present his new cabinet after the current executive’s last meeting this Thursday. The new parliament will meet for the first time next Wednesday and vote for the new executive at the end of the week.
Plenkovic convened early elections months before the end of his term, arguing that the country must have a new government to deal with the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has significantly affected tourism, a key sector in Germany, in the Croatian economy .