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Croatia’s deputy PM resigns after private emails released

May 14, 2018

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Martina Dalic has resigned after private email exchanges were published showing an alleged conflict of interest during the restructuring of the country’s largest private company.

She said at a joint media conference with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Monday that she is submitting her “irrevocable resignation.”

Dalic has led the government drive to save retail and food producer Agrokor, which was placed under state administration in April 2017 after it accrued huge debt.

The independent Index.hr portal last week published numerous emails from her private Hotmail account to legal and financial experts she consulted while drafting an emergency law to save Agrokor from bankruptcy. Some of those experts were later paid large fees for the consultancy, prompting the conflict-of-interest claims launched by the opposition.

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