Croatia’s new government has been approved by parliament, with Jadranka Kosor becoming the country’s first female Prime Minister since independence in 1991.
She was deputy premier in the former administration and takes on the top post vowing to tackle the recession and take Croatia into the European Union. “Our task is to move on without delay and put our agenda into practice. Our biggest priority will be ensuring economic stability, recovery and growth.” she told parliament. Kosor climbed to the top of the pile when her predecessor Ivo Sanader unexpectedly resigned last week. He has given no reasons for quitting. Croatia’s hopes of joining the EU stalled when neighbour Slovenia disputed part of their shared border. Kosor must solve that before talks with Brussels can continue. That problem and the growing recession are the two most pressing problems facing the new government. Any failure, and early elections will be on the cards.