Minister of Agriculture Tomislav Tolušić (photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL) Minister of Agriculture Tomislav Tolušić (photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

While a decision by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on cabinet reconstruction is pending, coalition partners, the Croatian People's Party, have sent the message out that they may leave the coalition.

Media report that a People's Party county prefect, Matija Posavec, has been advocating this, however the party leadership have responded saying that this will not be accepted.

Reporters were waiting in front of the government offices today to ask ministers about the cabinet reconstruction. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister and Minister of Agriculture Tomislav Tolušić, who has been mentioned as one of those that could be leaving, readily responded to reporters.

“I think that we have said several times that the Prime Minister is the one that proposes ministers to be appointment or let go. The Prime Minister has received the full support of the party leadership for the cabinet reconstruction, I absolutely support the cabinet reconstruction, and if I am a part of that reconstruction I have no problems with it,” said Tolušić.

Minister of Health Milan Kujundžić said yesterday that he does not intend to resign, and was not in the mood for questions today.

2We all came to the cabinet when Mr. Plenković expressed confidence in us. At that moment, and I think I said this a few weeks ago, when I do not have the confidence of the Prime Minister, that is the moment when I need to leave the cabinet,” said Minister of Environmental Protection Tomislav Ćorić.

Minister of demographics Nada Murganić said that she has already responded to questions about her possible departure several times, noting it will be however the Prime Minister decides.

“What is important to me is that we are working on things that are important to the system and the state, so that citizens live better. These combinations don't interest me at all,” said Minister of Education Blaženka Divjak.

Croatian People's Party County Prefect for Međimurje, Matija Posavec seems as though he does not want to take part in any of these combinations. He has confirmed for the 24 Sata newspaper that he has requested a meeting of the party presidency before the Prime Minister even proposes the new ministers. At the meeting they should discuss a departure from the governing coalition with the Croatian Democratic Union, which Posavec believes is pointless. The People's Party leadership has allegedly said that this will not be accepted, noting that leading the country is not a daycare centre and educational reforms must continue.

Source: HRT