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ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia’s State Property Management Minister Goran Maric resigned on Monday following media reports about his questionable private real estate transactions.

He is the second Croatian minister to quit after Public Administration Minister Lovro Kuscevic resigned last week for similar reasons.

“I was working under immense pressure, I became a target. I’m not capable to accept such a pressure on me and my family,” Maric told reporters during a visit to the coastal town of Novi Vinodolski.

Local media reported that Maric, a former soccer referee, allegedly acquired property, including a flat in Zagreb, in murky deals before he became minister in 2016.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced last week he would reshuffle his government soon, saying he wanted “more ambitious work on implementing the policy goals”.

(Reporting by Igor Ilic, Editing by Ed Osmond)

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