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The Croatian Party of Pensioners
Croatian Party of Pensioners
(Croatian: Hrvatska stranka umirovljenika or HSU) is a Croatian political party. It is currently led by Silvano Hrelja. When the party was founded, few people took it seriously and many commentators speculated that the ultimate purpose of HSU was to take away pensioners' votes from rejuvenated SDP and thus help ruling HDZ remain in power.[citation needed] However, the party gradually built its organisation throughout the country and slowly rose in popularity due to both HDZ and left-centre cabinets of Ivica Račan
Ivica Račan
refusing to honour a Constitutional Court verdict that ordered the government to pay back pensions that had been denied in the early 1990s.[citation needed] At the Croatian parliamentary election, 2003, the party won 4.0% of the popular vote and 3 out of 151 seats entering parliament for the first time. This was the biggest surprise of the election because they used very little propaganda to promote the party. They got more than 5% of the votes in 3 electoral districts and in 4 of them between 4% and 5% of the votes.[citation needed] After the elections HSU has agreed to support Ivo Sanader
Ivo Sanader
as the new prime minister and provided the necessary votes for HDZ and its allies to form a majority in the Croatian Parliament. This de facto coalition remained in place although the HSU supported Stipe Mesić
Stipe Mesić
against HDZ candidate Jadranka Kosor
Jadranka Kosor
in the 2005 presidential election. The HDZ government established a scheme to pay back the old pension debt.[citation needed] HSU gained much notoriety after local and regional elections in May 2005 when many of its members got elected on left-centre election tickets only to support HDZ and right-wing parties during the forming of coalition governments.[citation needed] At the Croatian parliamentary election, 2007, the party won 101,091 votes and 4.1% of the votes, but this time the electoral math (D'Hondt method) allowed them to receive only a single representative in the Parliament, Silvano Hrelja. They continued to support the government of Ivo Sanader, which in turn continued to pursue pensioner-related policies aligned with the opinion of the HSU. A new major pensioner issue arose as the latest batches of retirees started to receive pensions calculated by the Ministry of Finance according to a newly accepted formula (referred to as "the Swiss formula" in local media). HSU insisted that these new pensions were recalculated to be equalized with the older ones.[citation needed] In 2009, the economic crisis caused the government of Jadranka Kosor to start talks about extra crisis taxation and after a row with the finance minister Ivan Šuker, the HSU withdrew their support for the government.[citation needed] The party participated in the Kukuriku coalition
Kukuriku coalition
since 2011. It continued with the coalition Croatia
Croatia
is Growing at the Croatian parliamentary election, 2015. In that election, it became possible for the candidates of HSU to receive preferential votes, and they won a total of 11,026 (out of a coalition total of 744,507).[2] References[edit]

^ "HNS Vesne Pusić ima više članova od Milanovićeva SDP-a". Večernji.hr. Retrieved 16 March 2016.  ^ Suzana Barilar (13 November 2015). "Preferencijalni glasovi". Jutarnji list
Jutarnji list
(in Croatian). 

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Government (61)

Croatian Democratic Union (56) Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats
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Government support (16)

Independent Democratic Serb Party (3) Croatian Christian Democratic Party
Croatian Christian Democratic Party
(2) Croatian Social Liberal Party
Croatian Social Liberal Party
(1) People's Party - Reformists (1) Bandić Milan 365 - Labour and Solidarity Party
Bandić Milan 365 - Labour and Solidarity Party
(2) Croatian Democratic Alliance of Slavonia and Baranja
Croatian Democratic Alliance of Slavonia and Baranja
(1) Independent (6)

Opposition (74)

Social Democratic Party of Croatia
Croatia
(36) Bridge of Independent Lists (15) Croatian Peasant Party
Croatian Peasant Party
(5) Civic Liberal Alliance
Civic Liberal Alliance
(4) Human Blockade (3) Istrian Democratic Assembly (3) Let's Change Croatia
Croatia
(3) Independents for Croatia
Croatia
(2) Power - Party of People's and Civic engagement (1) Croatian Party of Pensioners
Croatian Party of Pensioners
(1) Independent (1)

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Croatian Democratic Union
Croatian Democratic Union
(4) Social Democratic Party of Croatia
Croatia
(2) Istrian Democratic Assembly (1) Civic Liberal Alliance
Civic Liberal Alliance
(1) Croatian Conservative Party
Croatian Conservative Party
(1) Independent Davor Škrlec
Davor Škrlec
(1) Independent Marijana Petir (1)

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