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Tportal - Croatia | Friday, January 15, 2016

New PM must finally learn proper Croatian

Croatia's future prime minister Tihomir Orešković grew up in Canada and has only been living in his native country for a few years. His poor knowledge of Croatian is increasingly making him the butt of jokes, the liberal web website observes: "Even during his inaugural speech he said 'buildings' meaning 'citizens', and on Wednesday he declared with aplomb that he wanted to look into how to boost indebtedness in the next couple of years. His language problems are becoming a problem for the public and media, who often have to explain, interpret or simply alter his comments so that the people can so much as understand their future prime minister. Some of his mistakes aren't so serious, but when he makes them when talking about such important topics as debt, economic growth, credit ratings and the like, both he and the nation are walking on very thin ice."

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