Arsen Bauk of the SDP said on Wednesday that his party would start collecting signatures for a motion to hold a vote of no confidence in Education Minister Blaženka Divjak.
The SDP, along with the Most party, considers the minister responsible for the dire situation in the education system which resulted in a 36-day strike.
Bauk said they began collecting signatures on Wednesday in order for the no-confidence motion to be tabled before parliament beings their holiday recess on December 15th.
The SDP said they would collect signatures primarily from like-minded opposition parties that expressed their support for the SDP's presidential candidate, Zoran Milanović.
Under the parliament's rule book, a motion for a no-confidence vote can be tabled if it is supported by at least a fifth of lawmakers; therefore they require 31 signatures in order to bring it before lawmakers. After the motion is added to the parliament's agenda, the government is supposed to give its opinion about it within eight days, and a parliamentary debate is to be conducted within 30 days after the submission of the government's opinion.
Milorad Batinić of the HNS said Minister Divjak enjoyed the support of her party and the government coalition, saying the SDP motion would surely fail.
Batinić also said that it was ridiculous to blame Divjak for the 36-day strike of teachers.
For his part, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said the SDP had continuously lowered salaries and slashed benefits for teachers during their mandae, while his government "will have raised salaries by some 25 percent. "While we are here improving the standard of living of workers in the education sector, they (the SDP) focus on short-term political games and destabilization," he concluded.
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