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Croatian President Names Little-Known Businessman as New Prime Minister

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Croatia's Prime Minister-designate Tihomir Oreskovic arrives at the Presidental Office in Zagreb, Croatia, Dec. 23, 2015.

Croatia's Prime Minister-designate Tihomir Oreskovic arrives at the Presidental Office in Zagreb, Croatia, Dec. 23, 2015.

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has named a little-known pharmaceutical executive as the country's next prime minister, more than a month after parliamentary elections showed no clear winner.

"I'll do my best to form a quality government," Tihomir Oreskovic said Wednesday. "Our only goal is to together work on tomorrow becoming a better day than today for Croatian citizens."

Oreskovic is not affiliated with any political party and little is known about him other than he is the former head of Croatia's largest pharmaceutical house.

He is a compromise candidate nominated by Croatia's two conservative parties — the Croatia Democratic Union, which won 59 seats in last month's election, and the newly formed Most party, which won 19 seats.

The ruling left-wing Social Democratic party won 56 seats. None of the parties won enough seats to form a government on its own.

Croatia is the European Union's newest member and has been struggling to grow its economy while dealing with a massive wave of refugees trying to reach the EU from Syria.

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