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Dobroslav Paraga

Dobroslav Paraga
President of the
Croatian Party of Rights 1861
Assumed office
11 September 1993
Preceded byOffice established
Member of Parliament
In office
20 May 1990 – 7 November 1995
1st President of the
Croatian Party of Rights
In office
25 February 1991 – 11 September 1993
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byAnto Đapić
Personal details
Born (1960-12-09) 9 December 1960 (age 58)
Zagreb, FPR Yugoslavia
Political partyCroatian Party of Rights 1861
Other political
affiliations
Croatian Party of Rights (1991–1993)
ParentsSmiljan and Arna Paraga

Dobroslav Paraga (born 9 December 1960) is a Croatian right-wing politician. He was first president of the Croatian Party of Rights, after party was reestablished in 1991. In 1993 he founded the Croatian Party of Rights 1861 following a political split from Anto Đapić.

Background

In his early days Paraga advocated the secession of Croatia from Yugoslavia which led to persecution by the Communist authorities.

When a multi-party system was established in Croatia, he initially joined the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) of Franjo Tuđman. However, involvement with the party clearly indicated that there was variation in sentiment among its members.

One of the visions of the borders of Greater Croatia as advocated by Paraga[1][2]

Paraga came to feel the HDZ was not the radical party which he had expected, and so the party split. He and a delegation of like-minded radicals formed the Croatian Party of Rights (HSP). His party formed its own militia, the Croatian Defence Forces (Croatian: Hrvatske obrambene snage; HOS). In an interview in 2000,[3]

Paraga stated his party was “for a Croatia to the Drina, and for a Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Adriatic”. Paraga and the HSP had had hopes of becoming the major political factor before the 1992 presidential and parliamentary elections, but those hopes did not materialise. The HSP did enter the Croatian Parliament and Paraga came fourth among presidential candidates, but it was clear that the party was far from its target. Another blow came in the form of high treason charges against Paraga and his associate Anto Đapić, who were stripped of their parliamentary immunity. Those charges were ultimately dropped, but the most serious blow for Paraga came when Đapić turned against him and took over the leadership of the HSP at the 1993 party convention in Kutina. Paraga accused Đapić of being in cahoots with Tuđman and tried to retrieve party leadership in court.[4][5]

Modern activity

Following the failure of the effort and second split with fellow party members, in 1995 Paraga founded a party called Croatian Party of Rights 1861, claiming to be the true descendant of the 19th century party in Austria-Hungary.[4][5]

References

  1. ^ Čanak, Nenad (1993). Ratovi tek dolaze. Nezavisno društvo novinara Vojvodine. p. 12.
  2. ^ Gow, James (2003). The Serbian Project and Its Adversaries: A Strategy of War Crimes. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 229.
  3. ^ "Blaž Kraljević zaslužio je najljepše ulice u Sarajevu i Mostaru". Jutarnje novine (in Bosnian). Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Kreće bitka za vlast nakon šestorke". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 29 September 2000. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Paraga izgubio spor s HSP-om". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 20 July 2002. Retrieved 21 November 2010.

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