18:23 / 13.05.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Parliament marks 100th anniversary of Tuđman's birth

Mirogoj Cemetery

Mirogoj Cemetery

Foto: Josip Regovic / Pixsell

Saturday, 14 May would have been the 100th birthday of Croatia's first president, Franjo Tuđman, under whose leadership the sovereign, independent and internationally recognised Croatian state was created.

After leading the HDZ to victory in the first democratic election in 1990, parliament proclaimed him chairman of the Presidency of the Social Republic of Croatia.

After Croatia became independent, he won two presidential elections, in 1992 and 1997. His terms were marked by the military aggression on Croatia, its international recognition in January 1992, the 1991-95 Homeland War, the peaceful reintegration of the Danube region which ended in 1998, and the reinforcement of Croatia's international position.

Tuđman died in Zagreb on 10 December, 1999.

Parliament observed a minute's silence in Friday in honour of Croatia's first president.

"President Tuđman's policies always placed the interests of the Croatian people and state first. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, we express our lasting thanks for everything he did for our homeland. He dedicated his life to establishing a free and sovereign Croatia. His words still echo loudly: Always and everything for Croatia," said Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković.

Tuđman set the foundations of the modern Croatian state, and his vision was rounded off with Croatia's accession to the EU and NATO, Jandroković said.

He thanked Croatian defenders, saying they also deserve a lot of credit for the free and independent Croatia.

This morning, Jandroković led a parliamentary delegation that laid a wreath at Tuđman's grave at Zagreb's Mirogoj cemetery.

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