Croatian parliament dissolved and early vote to be held

Probably 28/6 or 5/7

18 May, 18:03

    (ANSAmed) - ZAGREB, MAY 18 - The Croatian parliament was dissolved Monday on a proposal by the center-right majority, four months before the legislature was due to end.

    Early elections will thus be held in early summer. The decision, which had been expected for weeks, passed with a 105 out of 151 MPs. President Zoran Milanovic will now be tasked with calling elections and his decision is expected to come Monday or Tuesday. Croatian media report that the parliamentary elections are likely to be held on June 28 or July 5. The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ, conservatives), under Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said that early elections would be held since it is impossible to predict the impact of a possible second wave of COVID-19 at the end of the summer, which would limit pre-election activities or possibly extend the current legislature. Analysts also noted that the HDZ aims to transform the positive perceptions of how the government dealt with the pandemic to gain more votes. Deaths linked to COVID-19 in Croatia total only 95 with about 2,200 known infections. In the parliament dissolved on Monday, Plenkovic's government had a slight but stable majority thanks to support from smaller partner coalitions. (ANSAmed).

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