Croatias new parliament inaugurated, SDPs Boris Sprem elected as speaker.

By bne IntelliNews December 23, 2011
Croatia's new parliament held its inaugural session on December 22 after a central-left opposition coalition won the December 4 elections, news agency HINA informed. The new parliament elected unanimously Boris Sprem of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) as its new speaker. SDP is leading the Kukuriku coalition that took majority seats in the new parliament. The outgoing speaker, Luka Bebic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), said that MPs in the sixth parliament have been very active and made considerable achievement, including the country's accession to the NATO and the completion of the EU membership negotiations. The new parliament also elected three deputy speakers - SDP officials Josip Leko and Nenad Stazic, and Milorad Batinic of the Croatian People's Party (HNS). Another two deputy speakers who have to be nominated from the opposition will be elected later on. HDZ who is to send out these two deputy speakers said they will be outgoing Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor and Vladimir Seks. The SDP-led Kukuriku coalition won 80 seats in the country's 151-seated parliament following the vote. Incumbent HDZ and its coalition partners, the Croatian Civic Party of Split mayor Zeljko Kerum and the Democratic Centre (DC), lost their majority, gaining only 44 seats. HDZ also received an additional three seats from the Croatian diaspora. The Croatian Labour Party and the Croatian Democratic Alliance of Slavonia and Baranja (HDSSB) have won six seats each. The Independent List of retired Catholic priest Ivan Grubisic received two seats, while the Croatian Party of Rights Dr. Ante Starcevic had one deputy. The remaining seats are kept for the country's minorities.

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