Profile 31 Aug 16

Zagreb Mayor Plays for Premiership Prize

Zagreb’s longstanding mayor Milan Bandic is conducting a vigorous campaign to win the prime minister’s post at Croatia’s elections - even though his own political party is tiny.

Sven Milekic
BIRN
Zagreb
Milan Bandic on the campaign trail. Photo: Milan Bandic 365 - Party of Labour and Solidarity

“Croatia can and must compete with others with its educated people. Therefore we must invest in people. In Zagreb, we have been doing it for nine years,” Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic told a press conference on Tuesday in the capital, promising free textbooks for the country’s pupils.

“We will do that. Keep the receipts, I publicly urge citizens to do so. And I at the first session of the government I’ll raise the issue,” he promised.

After his party, Milan Bandic 365 - Party of Labour and Solidarity, won two seats in parliament at the last elections in November 2015, Bandic has gathered some familiar faces around him to try and win the post of prime minister.

With the centre-left People’s Coalition led by Social Democratic Party, SDP and the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, being the likely leaders in the election race, with the Bridge of the Independent Lists, MOST, as the likely kingmaker when it comes to forming a government, Bandic appears to have little chance to realising his dream without the support of a larger party.

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