Profile 28 Mar 17

Rightist Threatens Croatian Ruling Party’s Plans in Zagreb

By running for the post of Mayor of Zagreb, far-right researcher Bruna Esih poses a threat to the plans of the country’s ruling centre-right party.

Sven Milekic
Bruna Esih campaign photo. Photo: Facebook/Bruna Esih

Croatia’s ruling party, the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, fears its plans for the local elections in Zagreb could be upset after a far-right researcher, Bruna Esih, said she was running for Mayor.

Esih, aged 41, who entered parliament on the HDZ list as a non-party candidate in the last elections, already has the HDZ worried.

The fear is that she will poach votes that would otherwise go to the HDZ candidate, Drago Prgomet, a moderate centrist in tune with the current moderate course of the party under Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Her friend and political ally, senior HDZ member and controversial former Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic, last Friday said he was sorry that Esih “isn’t the HDZ candidate”.

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