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Former Tudjman Ally Becomes New Head of HDZ

The biggest opposition party in Croatia, the Croatian Democratic Union, elects Tomislav Karamarko as its new president.

Tanjug

Tomislav Karamarko is the new president of Croatia's biggest opposition party, the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, at the party's 15th plenary congress.

Karamarko replaces party leader Jadranka Kosor, who served as prime minister up until the general election of December 2011.

Following his vistory, Karamarko said he wanted to "Europeanize Croatia and the region," and called for unity among party members. He said the HDZ would win local, and then presidential and parliamentary elections.

He also promised that the HDZ would take a constructive approach and that it would support Zoran Milanovic's government when it believes the government is acting in Croatia's interest.

Karamarko was one of those who founded the HDZ in Zagreb in 1989 and he was a high-profile figure in Tudjman's Croatia, serving as chief of cabinet to the prime minister after 1991 and then as chief of the Zagreb police and Assistant Interior Minister.

He was head of the National Security Office from 2000 to 2002, head of the Counter-intelligence Agency from 2004 to 2006, and head of the Security and Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2008.

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