President Zoran Milanović (Photo: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL) President Zoran Milanović (Photo: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL)

The announcement from President Zoran Milanović's office saying that he will not be attending and that by calling the session he used his authority clearly regulated by the Constitution, has provoked numerous reactions.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković described such a move as unusual.

“You have to ask him why he doesn't want to come. For example when his inauguration was held, which was also humble in character, we received an invitation and we attended because we believe that we respect Croatian institutions, we respect all those symbols of the country, that was our logic, it's not clear to me why he doesn't want this,” said Plenković.

The opposition has also reacted.

“Fine, that's his stance, he is evidently consistent in wanting to influence political life as little as possible. There is the argument that since he called the session, it would be good for him to attend, but I don't think this is something crucial,” said Tomislav Tomašević from the "We Can!" platform.

Responding to criticism, also via social networks, President Milanović pointed out that the reason is his understanding of the role and position of Croatian Parliament - independent of the President, so he interprets the move as affirmative and well-intentioned towards the Parliament.

He called protocol an inertial sequence of repetition of certain actions.

"I was chosen by the will of citizens, for the institution of President, that is in principle for the most part, but not exclusively, a protocol institution. It does not cross my mind to imitate and automatically repeat everything that someone before me did or didn't do. This is just the beginning, there will be more changes,” said the President on social media.

“In the end a big kiss to all haters and the biggest kiss to all fake analysts all personally involved in petty business arrangements with the government. They have been faithfully following me for a decade and a half,” said Milanović.

At the end of his message to haters the President paraphrased Bolshevik revolutionary, Soviet politician and Marxist philosopher, Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, saying that –“there is also a drop of their sweat on the victory flag that I am flying."

Source: HRT