Hrvoje Šarinić

Hrvoje Šarinić (pronounced [xr̩̂ʋoje ʃǎrinit͡ɕ]; 17 February 1935 – 21 July 2017)[2] was a Croatian politician who served as Prime Minister of Croatia from 1992 to 1993.

Hrvoje Šarinić
Hrvoje Šarinić.jpg
Prime Minister of Croatia
In office
12 August 1992 – 3 April 1993[1]
PresidentFranjo Tuđman
Preceded byFranjo Gregurić
Succeeded byNikica Valentić
Chief of Staff of the Office of the President of Croatia
In office
5 November 1996 – 1998
PresidentFranjo Tuđman
Preceded byIvo Sanader
Succeeded byIvica Kostović
In office
12 October 1994 – 24 November 1995
PresidentFranjo Tuđman
Preceded byJure Radić
Succeeded byIvo Sanader
In office
15 April 1992 – 7 August 1992
PresidentFranjo Tuđman
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJure Radić
Personal details
Born(1935-02-17)17 February 1935
Sušak, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died21 July 2017(2017-07-21) (aged 82)
Zagreb, Croatia
Resting placeZagreb, Croatia
Political partyCroatian Democratic Union
Democratic Centre
Spouse(s)Erika Šarinić
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb

Šarinić was born in Sušak and graduated from the University of Zagreb then-Faculty of Architecture, Construction and Geodesy.[2]

Šarinić had a business career in Paris, France. He was a dual citizen of both Croatia and of France, as he spent 24 years in France, from 1963 to 1987.[2] After the first democratic elections in Croatia, he joined the government of Franjo Tuđman and became head of his personal office.[2]

After the parliamentary elections of 1992 he, as member of Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), was appointed to the post of prime minister.[1]

His cabinet, like all in Tuđman years, was less concerned with foreign policy and war and more with domestic issues.[3] One of those issues was privatisation of state-owned companies. During his time many of the most controversial events of that process took place, including the now infamous takeover of Slobodna Dalmacija in early 1993.[3]

By that time Croatian economy continued to decline, Šarinić himself became immensely unpopular and even his native Primorje-Gorski Kotar County rejected HDZ at local elections in February 1993. All that, together with escalating war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, led Tuđman to replace him with Nikica Valentić in April 1993.[2]

Šarinić was not demoted, however. He continued to serve as Tuđman's close advisor and was, for a while, head of Croatian security services.[3]

He remained in public spotlight because of his diplomatic missions and frequent negotiations with Slobodan Milošević. After one of those missions he created great deal of controversy by claiming that one of the results of former Yugoslav wars should be "little Greater Serbia".[3]

In 1995, he was the government's official representative in the Erdut Agreement.

In 1998, Šarinić publicly criticized high-ranking HDZ politician Ivić Pašalić and – after Tuđman sided with Pašalić – resigned from his post. In 2000 he joined and was briefly active with the newly formed Democratic Centre.[2]

Šarinić died on 21 July 2017 in Zagreb at the age of 82.[4][5] He was buried at Mirogoj five days after his death, on 26 July.

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  1. ^ a b "Četvrta vlada" (in Croatian). Croatian Information-Documentation Referral Agency. Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Hrvoje Šarinić". (in Croatian). Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Biography Archived 2010-04-04 at the Wayback Machine[better source needed] at (in Croatian)
  4. ^ "Preminuo Hrvoje Šarinić". 21 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Umro Hrvoje Šarinić, jedan od osnivača HDZ-a i bliski Tuđmanov suradnik".