Former Croatian president forms new party

Ivo Josiphovic’s new party to compete in Croatia’s 2016 elections

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

On Sunday, former Croatian president Ivo Josipovic announced the establishment of the new political party Naprijed Hrvatska-Progresivni Savez (Go Ahead Croatia-Progressive Alliance) to offer solutions to the economic and social problems of Croatia.

In the first formal session of the party, Josipovic said the centre-left Naprijed Hrvatska will compete and be successful in the next parliamentary elections in 2016.

"It is high time we ceased raising questions about the past and who took which sides in 1941, 1971 and 1991. Let us question ourselves where we will be in 2021," Josipovic added.

Josipovic is the president of the party, and an independent member of the Croatian parliament and Josip Kregar became the party’s vice president.

Unlike Boris Miletic of the junior partner of Croatia’s governing coalition, coalition parties the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Croatian People’s Party (HNS) did not send representatives to the first formal session of the newly-formed party.

Ivo Josipovic is a politician as well as a university professor and a musician. After his term ended as a member of the Croatian Parliament for SDP in 2008, Josipovic became a candidate in the 2009-2010 presidential election with his New Justice campaign offering solutions to injustice and corruption.

In 2010, 52-year-old Josipovic became the youngest Croatian president.

Josipovic also participated the 2014-2015 presidential elections, but lost the race his conservative opponent Kolinde Grabar-Kitarovic.


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