Prime Minister-designate Tihomir Oreskovic presents his program to the Croatian parliament on January 22, 2016 in Zagreb / AFP / STRINGER
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Croatia's parliament met Friday to vote on a new cabinet led by a political novice, who has warned "difficult decisions" lie ahead as the EU's newest member struggles with meager economic growth and a record refugee influx.Oreskovic's program includes a pledge to reach average annual growth of 3 percent, reduce public debt to under 80 percent of GDP within four years and cut unemployment to under 14 percent from the current 18 percent.If approved, as expected, by the 151-seat parliament, Oreskovic will become Croatia's first premier not to hail from one of its two main political power bases – the HDZ and the center-left Social Democrats.The country of 4.2 million people joined the EU in 2013, and it remains one of the 28-nation bloc's poorest performing economies, with growth of 1.8 percent expected this year, according to the national bank.
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