President Sacks Staff Member after Croatia Independence Comment
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The President of Croatia Ivo Josipović has sacked his chief analyst Dejan Jović after he claimed that the referendum to decide Croatia’s independence in 1991 was non-liberal and anti-democratic…
“I stated yesterday that I absolutely disagreed with such statement. It is a wrongful and detrimental statement and therefore I decided to relieve Jović of his duty,” Josipović said on Thursday.
Jović recently stated in a journal published by the Zagreb-based Faculty of Political Science that referenda for independence of republics from the former Socialist Yugoslavia, except Montenegro’s referendum on independence from Serbia in 2006, were rather non-liberal.
“There was not much freedom. And there is no freedom either nowadays. Aggressiveness and violence were main characteristics of our referenda on independence”, the former chief analyst said.
A massive 93% of voters voted in favour of Croatia becoming independent at a referendum held on 19 May 1991.