Croatia’s top political leaders need to work together to bring the former Yugoslav republic out of its longest economic recession on record and avoid “serious” social unrest, President Ivo Josipovic said.
A Croatian district court found former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader guilty of bribery and rigging public tenders, Judge Ivana Calic said in a ruling today, sentencing him to nine years on top of an existing prison term.
The ruling Croatian Democratic Union, which lost elections to an opposition bloc on Dec. 4, joined former Premier Ivo Sanader in being indicted on charges of corruption, abuse of office, and conspiracy to commit crime.
Croatian Premier Jadranka Kosor rejected tax increases as part of her plan to slash the budget deficit, keep family benefits intact and create new jobs should her Croatian Democratic Union party win December elections.
A Croatian opposition group of allied political parties known as Kukuriku officially defeated the ruling Croatian Democratic Union in Dec. 4 elections, the electoral commission said in a statement on its website late yesterday.
Croatia’s Alliance for Change, a four-party group led by the Social Democrats, are leading before Dec. 4 elections as Croats appear ready to reject the ruling party amid a corruption probe and the weak economy.
Croatian prosecutors are investigating the ruling Croatian Democratic Union on suspicion of corruption and the illegal use of funds during previous election campaigns, Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor said.