18:11 / 16.03.2023.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Milanović and Plenković swap insults over a lack of cooperation

President Zoran Milanović

President Zoran Milanović

Foto: Luka Stanzl / PIXSELL

Tensions between the two top political leaders in the country have been relatively calm recently. Both have a long history of publicly attacking the other over a variety of issues and often heated rhetoric in the media regarding the others professional conduct and policies.

Speaking to reporters after meeting with the chairperson of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Željka Cvijanović on Thursday, President Zoran Milanović turned his attention to domestic affairs, once again calling out Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, the government and the HDZ, for not wanting to cooperate with him and of openly violating the constitution: "Over the past year I have been proposing that a session of the national security council be convened, while for his part the prime minister, in direct an open contravention to the constitution does not what to cooperate, specifically in something where the constitution obliges him to cooperate. I am not looking for him to be my witness at a Bar-mitzvah or for First Communion. The constitution simply obliges us to do so. But nothing has come of that."

Prime Minister Plenković responded to the accusation today, calling Milanović's behavior unconstitutional. He further said that no president has ever behaved like Milanović, and that for this reason there is no need to have any kind of dialogue with him: "This isn't some kind of psychotherapy, that on one day will listen to a deluge of stupidity and the absolute worst insults, and then the following day we resolve staffing and appointment issues. The way he is behaving is absolutely inappropriate and unconstitutional. Through his political activities he is constantly trying to topple the government and attack the governing political party. And he's doing this is the most brutal way, by insulting government ministers."

Source: HRT

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