Cabinet of Ivica Račan II
The Eight Government of the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Osma Vlada Republike Hrvatske) was the second of two Croatian Government cabinets led by Prime Minister Ivica Račan. It was announced on 30 July 2002 and its term ended on 23 December 2003. Račan's second cabinet was formed after Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS) and Istrian Democratic Assembly (IDS) had decided to leave the ruling six-party coalition. The cabinet was succeeded by Cabinet of Ivo Sanader I, following the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union's return to power in the 2003 parliamentary elections.
|Second Račan Cabinet|
8th cabinet of the Republic of Croatia
|Date formed||30 July 2002|
|Date dissolved||23 December 2003|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Stjepan Mesić|
|Head of government||Ivica Račan|
|Deputy head of government||Goran Granić|
|No. of ministers||24 (on 23 December 2003)|
|Total no. of ministers||25 (including former members)|
|Member parties||Social Democratic Party|
Party of Liberal Democrats
Croatian Peasant Party
Croatian People's Party
|Status in legislature||Majority coalition government|
|Opposition party||Croatian Democratic Union|
|Opposition leader||Ivo Sanader|
|Election(s)||3 January 2000|
|Predecessor||Cabinet of Ivica Račan I|
|Successor||Cabinet of Ivo Sanader I|
Parties included in the government:
- Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP)
- Croatian People's Party (HNS)
- Croatian Peasant Party (HSS)
- Party of Liberal Democrats (Libra)
- Liberal Party (LS)
Party breakdown of cabinet ministers (23 December 2003):
Changes from Cabinet of Ivica Račan IEdit
Following the exit of IDS (in June 2001) and HSLS (in July 2002) from the ruling coalition, the cabinet was reconstructed. IDS only had one seat in the cabinet which had already been taken over by SDP. As for seven HSLS members of government (six ministers and one deputy prime minister), they were replaced either by members of SDP or by politicians from HSLS' splinter party Libra (Party of Liberal Democrats) which was formed by former HSLS members who decided to support the government rather than follow HSLS president Dražen Budiša's decision to leave the coalition and move into opposition. A third liberal party LS (Liberalna stranka), which had been established in 1997 by Vlado Gotovac as an earlier offshoot of HSLS, also chose to support the ruling coalition and gained one seat in the cabinet.
- Goran Granić (ex HSLS, now Libra) returned to the post of Deputy Prime Minister after four months (Granić was Deputy Prime Minister from January 2000 to March 2002, when he was replaced by his party leader Dražen Budiša who held the post from March to July that year).
- The number of Deputy Prime Ministers was expanded from three to four, with Ante Simonić (HSS) appointed as the fourth deputy. Along with three seats HSS already had in the previous cabinet, this increased their presence to four cabinet members.
- Željka Antunović (SDP) continued to serve as Deputy PM, but also took on the post of defence minister, replacing Jozo Radoš (ex HSLS). Although Radoš had also left HSLS and joined the newly formed Libra, he resigned from his post to pave the way for Antunović.
- Roland Žuvanić (ex HSLS, now Libra) replaced Mario Kovač (HSLS) as Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Communications.
- Božo Kovačević (ex HSLS, now LS) kept his post as Minister of Environmental Protection and Physical Planning, but was replaced in July 2003 by Ivo Banac (LS).
- Hrvoje Kraljević (HSLS), Minister of Science and Technology, was replaced by Gvozden Flego (SDP).
- Hrvoje Vojković (HSLS), Minister of Economy, was replaced by Ljubo Jurčić (SDP)
- Gordana Sobol (SDP) was appointed Minister without portfolio
List of ministers and portfoliosEdit
Some periods in the table start before the cabinet's inauguration, when the minister listed was appointed to the post in the preceding Cabinet of Ivica Račan I (27 January 2000 – 30 July 2002).
|Ivica Račan||SDP||Prime Minister||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Goran Granić||Libra||Deputy Prime Minister||30 July 2002 – 23 December 2003|
|Ante Simonić||HSS||Deputy Prime Minister||30 July 2002 – 23 December 2003|
|Slavko Linić||SDP||Deputy Prime Minister||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Željka Antunović||SDP||Deputy Prime Minister||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Minister of Defence||30 July 2002 – 23 December 2003|
|Andro Vlahušić||HNS||Minister of Health||22 November 2001 – 23 December 2003|
|Davorko Vidović||SDP||Minister of Labour and Social Welfare||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Mato Crkvenac||SDP||Minister of Finance||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Antun Vujić||SDP||Minister of Culture||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Božidar Pankretić||HSS||Minister of Agriculture and Forest Management||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Ivica Pančić||SDP||Minister of Veterans' Affairs||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Tonino Picula||SDP||Minister of Foreign Affairs||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Neven Mimica||SDP||Minister of European Integration||28 September 2001 – 23 December 2003|
|Roland Žuvanić||Libra||Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Transport and Communications||30 July 2002 – 23 December 2003|
|Pave Župan-Rusković||SDP||Minister of Tourism||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Ingrid Antičević-Marinović||SDP||Minister of Justice, Public Administration and Local Self-government||28 September 2001 – 23 December 2003|
|Božo Kovačević||Libra||Minister of Environmental Protection and Physical Planning||27 January 2000 – 18 July 2003|
|Ivo Banac||LS||18 July 2003 – 23 December 2003|
|Radimir Čačić||HNS||Minister of Public Works, Construction and Reconstruction||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Gvozden Flego||SDP||Minister of Science and Technology||30 July 2002 – 23 December 2003|
|Vladimir Strugar||HSS||Minister of Education and Sports||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Šime Lučin||SDP||Minister of the Interior||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Ljubo Jurčić||SDP||Minister of Economy||30 July 2002 – 23 December 2003|
|Željko Pecek||HSS||Minister for Crafts, Small and Mid-sized Entrepreneurship||27 January 2000 – 23 December 2003|
|Gordana Sobol||SDP||Minister without portfolio||30 July 2002 – 23 December 2003|