Croatia taps pharma exec lead government, heal economy

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (L) and prime minister-designate Tihomir Oreskovic arrive for a joint press conference on December 23, 2015 in ZagrebCroatia’s president tasked Wednesday a pharmaceutical executive to form a new government and end the political standoff that has plagued the Balkan EU nation since inconclusive elections last month. “Tihomir Oreskovic proved to me that he enjoys the support of (a majority of) 78 MPs … and I task him … to form a new government,” President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said at a brief ceremony. Oreskovic, a senior financial manager for global generic medicine giant Teva, was put forward earlier Wednesday as a non-partisan candidate for premier by two conservative parties that had only the previous day cobbled together a majority of deputies in the 151-seat parliament.

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