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Parliament votes in new government in Croatia a month after election

Croatia’s parliament has approved a new government led by a conservative party that won a parliamentary election earlier this month.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković's government won support late on Thursday in the 151-member assembly in a 76-59 vote. The remaining lawmakers either weren’t there or didn’t vote.

Plenković was the prime minister of the previous government which was also led by his Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party.

The government now also has the support in parliament of two small liberal groups and national minorities. HDZ won 66 seats in the parliament in the July 5 vote while the main opposition party gained 41.

Plenković said the new government’s main goal is to boost the Croatian economy, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our key aim is to secure the welfare for our citizens... to preserve their health and jobs during the times of the pandemic," Plenković said.

EU member Croatia has been struggling to salvage its key tourism season, which has been ravaged by the virus outbreak. A country of 4.2 million people, Croatia is known for its stunning Adriatic Sea coast.

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