The Croatian parliament opened session on Thursday with demands by opposition groups for an hour-long break to allow them to study the program of the new government before discussing it and voting on it.
After nearly all opposition groups voiced their satisfaction because they had been presented with the new government's program less than an hour before the discussion, Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković approved a 15-minute break.
He said that the program could not have been distributed before Wednesday evening because Parliament had adopted the law on the new government earlier that day.
"The program was distributed this morning, but it will be presented by the prime minister-designate and you will be able to hear what has to say," Jandroković said in response to objections from opposition MPs.
Milan Vrkljan of the Homeland Movement said that it was not good practice for the opposition to be presented with the program half an hour before the discussion.
The late distribution of the government program was criticised by the SDP, the green-left coalition, the Most Party, the Pametnto and GLAS group, and the Croatian Sovereignists.
The HDZ's Branko Bačić dismissed the criticism, saying the program had been presented on a daily basis during the election campaign.