Zagreb - The founding meeting of the new, 10th Parliament began on Wednesday morning with the election of Gordan Jandroković as the speaker of this 151-seat legislature.
The proposal by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) to nominate Jandroković for this post was supported by 143 newly-elected deputies, with one abstention, and there were no votes against the motion.
Gordan Jandroković of the ruling HDZ, who was at the helm of the 9th parliament, continues performing this duty in the new legislature, and he is the first parliament speaker to be appointed to this position for two successive terms. Jandroković, born in 1967 in Bjelovar, has won a seat in six parliamentary elections to date. He was also a foreign minister and a deputy prime minister and has held other positions since 1992.
The founding session was held in the Parliament Hall with the implementation of the epidemiological measures, which was why parliamentarians wore masks and kept a social distance.
During the 5 July parliamentary polls, Croatia elected 151 deputies of whom 34 are women and 117 are men.
In the new Parliament, the youngest deputy is a 30-year-old Marina Opačak-Bilić of the SDP party, and the oldest deputy is HDZ parliamentarian Miroslav Tuđman, 74.