- Title: Croatia's ruling HDZ wins parliamentary vote, majority within reach
- Date: 6th July 2020
- Summary: DAVOR BERNARDIC, LEADER OF SECOND-RANKED OPPOSITION COALITION (â€˜RESTARTâ€™) AND LEADER OF THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM AT HIS PARTY HQ, HIS COALITION MEMBERS STANDING BEHIND HIM (SOUNDBITE) (Croatian) OPPOSITION LEADER AND LEADER OF THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, DAVOR BERNARDIC, SAYING: "Of course, this was a poor result for SDP (Social Democratic Party) and for the coalition alike. I will not avoid responsibility and I am ready to leave (the position of the leader), and we will discuss that tomorrow at the session of the party leadership. (However), SDP will go forth and Croatia will go forth." BERNARDIC AND COALITION PARTIES LEAVING ROOM
- Embargoed: 20th July 2020 00:12
- Keywords: Croatian Democratic Union HDZ leader Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic Social Democrats
- Location: ZAGREB, CROATIA
- City: ZAGREB, CROATIA
- Country: Croatia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA004CLJ751J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Croatia's ruling centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) convincingly won a parliamentary election on Sunday, held at a time of rising coronavirus infections and a sharp economic downturn due to the pandemic.
The official results after around 60% of votes were counted gave the HDZ 68 seats in the 151-seat parliament, while its top opponent, the Social Democrats (SDP) and its small allies, secured 43 seats.
Nationalist and eurosceptic bloc Domovinski Pokret (Homeland Movement), led by popular singer Miroslav Skoro, came third with 15 seats followed by the conservative Most (Bridge) party with eight seats and leftist Mozemo (We can) with six seats.
The HDZ will now seek partners to form yet another ruling coalition which analysts believe should not be too difficult given their strong performance.
The HDZ leader and incumbent Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the victory brought with it an obligation to work hard.
The new government will have an uphill task to keep a grip on the coronavirus while trying to restore the economy, which is expected to shrink about 10 percent this year. Tourism revenues are forecast to slump 70 percent.
Croatia has reported a relatively small number of COVID-19 infections - a little over 3,000 cases and some 100 deaths so far - but infections have accelerated in the past two weeks, with the daily number of new cases peaking at about 80.
(Production: Fedja Grulovic, Branko Filipovic)
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