Croatia PM Oreskovic calls on his two deputies to resign

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 03, 2016 8:31 AM

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic urged his two deputies on Friday to resign over a political dispute in which they are both embroiled so that the government can press ahead with crucial economic reforms.

An alleged conflict of interest involving Tomislav Karamarko, head of the biggest party in the ruling coalition, the conservative HDZ, has brought the four-month-old government close to collapse..

Bozo Petrov, head of 'Most' (Bridge), a small reformist party in the coalition, has been pressing Karamarko to quit.

"Relations between Karamarko and Petrov became too big a burden for the government. That's why I call upon them to withdraw so that the government can continue working on reforms as we are already seeing results," Oreskovic told reporters.

(Reporting by Igor Ilic; Editing by Gareth Jones)