Bridge of Independent Lists

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Bridge of Independent Lists
Most nezavisnih lista
President Božo Petrov
Secretary Katarina Ujdur
Founder Božo Petrov
Vice President Nikola Grmoja
Founded 17 November 2012 (2012-11-17)
Headquarters Metković, Croatia
Ideology Fiscal conservatism
Economic liberalism[1]
Regionalism[2][3]
Big tent[4]
Political position Centre to Centre-right[5][6]
European affiliation None
International affiliation None
Colours Blue, Orange
Sabor
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European Parliament
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County Prefects
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Mayors
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Website
most-nl.com
Politics of Croatia
Political parties
Elections

Bridge of Independent Lists (Croatian: Most nezavisnih lista, Most) is a party platform in Croatia founded in 2012. The party is led by Božo Petrov, its founder and Deputy Prime Minister in the Cabinet of Tihomir Orešković .[7]

History

Bridge of Independent Lists was founded in Metković on 17 November 2012 as a regionalist political platform mostly by people who have never actively participated in political life. The first party president was Božo Petrov.[8]

In 2013 Bridge of Independent Lists participated in the local elections in the town of Metković. The party won 46.25% of votes, and 9 out of 17 seats in the City Council. Turnout was 67,49%.[9] Božo Petrov won 45.78% of the votes and entered the second round of elections for the Mayor against Stipo Gabrić Jambo, incumbent mayor since 1997. In the second round Petrov won with 67.94% of the votes and became the mayor of Metković. At the same election, Bridge of Independent Lists won 9.97% of the vote in county elections and entered the County Assembly of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.[10]

2015 parliamentary elections

For the 2015 parliamentary elections the party went national and was joined by independent local politicians from other parts of the country.[11]

The party campaigned for fiscal responsibility, reduction of government spending and public debt, tax cuts, reforms in the public sector and the reduction of administrative divisions in Croatia.[12][13] The party supports an expansionary monetary policy and monetary reforms that would include the Croatian National Bank introducing a low interest policy to foster economic growth. It also favors the entry of private healthcare into the Croatian healthcare system and establishing a public "Agrobank" to promote agricultural and regional development.[14]

The party won 19 seats in the Croatian Parliament and came third behind the ruling centre-left Croatia is Growing coalition and the centre-right opposition Patriotic Coalition.[15]

19 candidates that were elected to the Parliament from Most lists are: Drago Prgomet, former vice-president of HDZ and President of Croatian Dialogue Initiative party, Božo Petrov, mayor of Metković, Ivan Kovačić, mayor of Omiš, Stipe Petrina, mayor of Primošten, Ljubica Ambrušec, mayor of Gradac municipality, Tomislav Panenić, mayor of Tompojevci municipality, Robert Podolnjak, constitutional law expert and professor at the Zagreb Faculty of Law, Slaven Dobrović, professor at the Zagreb Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Gordana Rusak, professor at Zagreb Faculty of Science, Ivan Lovrinović, professor at Zagreb Faculty of Economics and Business, Irena Petrijevčanin Vuksanović, Head of Center for Open Source, Juro Martinović, lawyer, Ivica Mišić, entrepreneur, Ines Strenja Linić, neurologist, Jasna Matulić, director of company specialized in the EU funds, Josip Katalinić, president of the Eco Crisis group Marišćina, Miroslav Šimić, representative of the Citizens Option of the town of Osijek, Miro Bulj, city councilor from Sinj and Mario Klobučić, city councilor from Metković.[16]

On November 11, 2015 Drago Prgomet was expelled from Most for holding private talks with Prime Minister Zoran Milanović without the knowledge of other members of the party's leadership.[17] On November 29, 2015, Gordana Rusak announced that she won't join Most parliamentary club.[18] On the following day, Irena Petrijevčanin Vuksanović announced the same decision.[19] Prgomet, Rusak and Petrijevčanin Vuksanović decided to form parliamentary club with their Croatian Dialogue Initiative party. Stipe Petrina also refused to give support to MOST due to disagreement with Božo Petrov over running the Party. He expressed his support to Croatia is Growing coalition.[20]

Government of Tihomir Orešković

After more than 40 days of negotiations and numerous turnarounds, Most decided to form a government with the Patriotic Coalition led by the Croatian Democratic Union, giving them a slim majority of 78 seats. They nominated the Croatian-Canadian businessman Tihomir Orešković to be the next Prime Minister of Croatia.[21] The government cabinet was formed on 22 January 2016 and party president Božo Petrov was named Deputy Prime Minister. Along with Petrov, 5 ministers in the new government are from Most.[22]

Election history

Legislative

The following is a summary of the party's results in legislative elections for the Croatian parliament.

Election In coalition with Votes won
Percentage Total seats won
Change
Government
November 2015 None 303,564 13,17% (#3)
19 / 151
Increase 19 Government

See also

References

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