Zlatko Tomčić

Zlatko Tomčić (Croatian pronunciation: [zlâtko tǒːmt͡ʃit͡ɕ]; born 10 July 1945) is a Croatian politician, the leader of the Croatian Peasant Party from 1994 to 2005. He served as Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, as a representative in the Parliament, as well as acting President of Croatia from 2 February to 18 February 2000.

Zlatko Tomčić
Zlatko Tomcic.jpg
President of Croatia
Acting
In office
2 February 2000 – 18 February 2000
Prime MinisterIvica Račan
Preceded byFranjo Tuđman
Vlatko Pavletić (Acting)
Succeeded byStjepan Mesić
Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
In office
2 February 2000 – 22 December 2003
Preceded byVlatko Pavletić
Succeeded byVladimir Šeks
Member of Parliament
In office
1995–2006
Prime MinisterZlatko Mateša
Ivica Račan
Ivo Sanader
Succeeded byMiroslav Čačija
ConstituencyII electoral district
President of the Croatian Peasant Party
In office
1994–2005
DeputyLjubica Lalić
Preceded byDrago Stipac
Succeeded byJosip Friščić
Personal details
Born (1945-07-10) 10 July 1945 (age 74)
Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian
Political partyCroatian Peasant Party
Spouse(s)Slavica Tomčić
ChildrenMartina Tomčić
ResidenceZagreb
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
OccupationPolitician

He has graduated from the Belgrade Faculty of Civil Engineering.[1]

Tomčić became leader of the Croatian Peasant Party in 1994 while serving as a Minister of Construction and Environment in the Croatian Democratic Union-led Cabinet of Nikica Valentić.[2] Under his leadership, the Peasant Party led the coalition that came in second in the 1995 elections, winning 18 seats, of which 10 went to members of HSS, including Tomčić.

In the 2000 elections the HSS-led coalition came in third, winning 25 seats, of which 17 went to HSS. These parties joined with the election winners (SDP-HSLS coalition) to form the government, and Tomčić became the President of the Parliament (Predsjednik Sabora).[3] He was instated on 2 February 2000.[4]

As the speaker of parliament, Tomčić also briefly served as the acting President of Croatia, as the post was at the time vacant due to the death of President Franjo Tuđman in December 1999. He gave up the position to the newly elected president Stipe Mesić on 18 February 2000.

Tomčić remained President of the Parliament until December 2003, following new elections where the party lost seats and went into the opposition. Tomčić did, however, keep a seat in the Parliament.[5]

In 2005, the HSS ten-member club in the Parliament split between a group supporting Tomčić and another one insisting on change in leadership. In the party election of December 2005, Tomčić was opposed by Josip Friščić and defeated.[6] After defeat he gave up his parliament seat and left politics.

As of 2011, Tomčić is the CEO of a successful small architecture firm.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zlatko Tomčić". Hrvatski sabor. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Peta vlada" (in Croatian). Croatian Information-Documentation Referral Agency. Archived from the original on 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
  3. ^ "Zlatko Tomčić - HSS". Zastupnici 4. saziva (in Croatian). Croatian Parliament. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  4. ^ Central Europe Review - Croatian News Review
  5. ^ "Zlatko Tomčić - HSS". Zastupnici 5. saziva (in Croatian). Croatian Parliament. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  6. ^ http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/josip-friscic-novi-predsjednik-hssa/297015.aspx (in Croatian)
  7. ^ Zlatko Tomčić: Poslovni procvat u doba krize Archived May 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
Party political offices
Preceded by
Drago Stipac
President of Croatian Peasant Party
December 1994 – December 2005
Succeeded by
Josip Friščić
Political offices
Preceded by
Vlatko Pavletić
Acting
Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
2 February 2000 –23 December 2003
Succeeded by
Vladimir Šeks
Preceded by
Vlatko Pavletić (acting)
President of Croatia (acting)
2 February 2000 – 18 February 2000
Succeeded by
Stjepan Mesić