Hrvoje Zekanović (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL) Hrvoje Zekanović (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

A narrow quorum was reached despite all but two opposition MPs - Hrvoje Zekanović and Zlatko Hasanbegović - leaving the assembly in protest. Hrvoje Zekanović, from the Hrast party, said he had made a mistake by remaining in parliament during Wednesday's vote.

"It was my estimation that there were more than 80 HDZ members in the chamber, evidently there weren't. On one hand, it was a mistake, on the other, I will repeat: Andrej Plenković definitely has enough votes in Croatian parliament, unfortunately. So, my vote and that of Zlatko Hasanbegović, which were against, were actually not decisive," said Zekanović on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the leader of the ruling HDZ party in parliament, Branko Bačić, said the passing of the legislation was never in question.

"Mr Zekanović and Mr Hasanbegović didn't save anything. If at that moment, the speaker looked at the screen and there weren't 76 votes, he only had to wait a few seconds for Mr Dodig and Mr Kosor to vote," said Bačić.

Source: HRT