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Croatian Opposition Party Confirms Kosor's Expulsion

The presidency of the opposition Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, confirmed the expulsion of the former party president and Prime Minister, Jadranka Kosor, on Thursday.

Boris Pavelic
Zagreb

The former ruling party's Court of Honour expelled Kosor on March 1, claiming that she had harmed the party with her public statements.

Kosor, who completed Croatia's negotiations with the EU in June 2011, had publicly criticised the new party president, Tomislav Karamarko, who was elected leader in September 2012, for turning the party to the right.

Karamarko did not comment on his predecessor's expulsion, though an unnamed HDZ source was reported as telling the media that "the party should have expelled her even earlier. She'll be interesting to the media for a few days, and that's it".

Kosor had personally welcomed Karamarko into the HDZ in September 2011, delivering him his party identity card in front of the cameras.

They worked together in former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader's government for three years, when Kosor was the government's vice-president, and Karamarko the interior minister.

Kosor had appealed the Court of Honour's expulsion verdict, but the party presidency confirmed it on Thursday.

Kosor held a press conference afterwards, announcing she was sending a letter to the European People's Party, the strongest party in the European Parliament, of which the HDZ is a member, explaining what had happened.

"Karamarko's policy is bad. Croatia wouldn't even have closed EU negotiations if I had ever said that the HDZ's coalition with Serbian parties was shameful, as Karamarko is claiming now," Kosor said.

She added that, during her time, "nobody from the party would have celebrated the Ustashas (Fascists during WWII), as some party officials are doing now".

She also criticized the HDZ's coalition with the rightist, anti-European Croatian Party of Rights Ante Starcevic, whose president, Ruza Tomasic, recently claimed that, "this is Croatia, and all others are guests here".

Kosor, who is still an MP, announced that she will stay in politics as an independent MP, and will not be joining any party.

 

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