Patriotic Coalition (Croatia)

Patriotic Coalition
Domoljubna koalicija
Founded 21 September 2015 (2015-09-21)
Dissolved 25 July 2016 (2016-07-25)
Headquarters Zagreb, Croatia
Political position Centre-right to Right-wing
Colours Blue

The Patriotic Coalition (Croatian: Domoljubna koalicija) was a political alliance in Croatia formed in 2015. The parties signed the coalition agreement on 21 September 2015.[1] On 2015 parliamentary election, coalition won a relative majority in 5 of the 10 constituencies in Croatia, and all 3 seats reserved for the Croatian diaspora, and thus received a total of 59 of the 151 parliamentary seats, with its main competitor center-left Croatia is Growing coalition also winning a relative majority in 5 of the 10 constituencies in Croatia, and 56 of the 151 parliamentary seats. After more than 40 days of negotiations with the Bridge of Independent Lists (MOST) and numerous twists and turns mainly due to MOST frequently changing terms, coalition achieved agreement with MOST and Milan Bandić 365 - The Party of Labour and Solidarity on forming new government with Prime Minister being independent Tihomir Orešković.

Presidents of several coalition party members stated in 2016 that communication among coalition members is bad, with some expressing dissatisfaction with Governments' announced reforms.

On June 16, 2016, Coalition supported Cabinet of Tihomir Orešković lost a motion of no confidence in the Croatian Parliament, which was followed by the Parliament's self-dissolvement on June 20, 2016 which triggered early election that was held in September 2016.

On July 7, 2016, 1.500 members of the Croatian Party of Rights dr. Ante Starčević left the party because of their dissatisfaction of how the party was run, accusing it of "becoming a spokesman for HDZ".[2] On the same day, Main Committee of the Croatian Peasant Party made a decision that they would leave the Coalition and join coalition led by center-left Social Democratic Party of Croatia.[3]

On July 25, 2016, HDZ announced that it would leave the Coalition.

Former members

The coalition consisted of ten parties:

LogoParty nameLeaderIdeologySeats in the Parliament (January 2016)
Croatian Democratic UnionAndrej PlenkovićNational conservatism
49 / 151
Croatian Peasant PartyKrešo BeljakAgrarianism
2 / 151
Croatian Party of Rights dr. Ante StarčevićHrvoje NičeNationalism
3 / 151
Croatian Social Liberal PartyDarinko KosorNational liberalism
2 / 151
Croatian GrowthLadislav IlčićSocial conservatism
1 / 151
Bloc Pensioners TogetherMilivoj ŠpikaRights of pensioners
1 / 151
Croatian Christian Democratic PartyGoran DodigChristian democracy
1 / 151
Democratic Party of ZagorjeStanko BelinaRegionalism
0 / 151


European parliament

Early versions of the coalition participated in a joint list for elections to the European Parliament in 2013 and 2014.

ElectionIn coalition withVotes wonPercentageTotal seats wonChange
2013[4] Croatian Democratic Union, Croatian Party of Rights dr. Ante Starčević, Bloc of United Pensioners 243,654 32,86%
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2014[5] Croatian Democratic Union, Croatian Party of Rights dr. Ante Starčević, Bloc of United Pensioners, Croatian Peasant Party, Croatian Christian Democratic Party, Democratic Party of Zagorje 381,844 41,42%
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See also


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