[ELECTIONS 2003] Well-Behaved Sabor in the Making?
It takes a while for some aspects of modern democracy to take hold in Croatia, but at least Sabor adopted some traditions well-observed in West European parliaments. Some of those customs involve fistfights between representatives. HDZ, whether in majority or opposition, gave the greatest contribution to that phenomenon – their representatives were usually those to start fights with MSes.
However, in next Sabor, whether in majority or opposition, HDZ MSes would have to think twice before engaging in any serious altercations. SDP managed to enlist Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović (Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic), martial arts expert and one of Croatia's biggest sports celebrities, as their candidate in 1st Electoral District. The district covers city of Zagreb and Flipović is No. 3 on the list, thus all but having his Sabor seat secured.
We can only imagine what would happen if someone tries to start fight in next Sabor.
Filipović might be nothing more than a celebrity addition to troubled party's ticket and, once in Sabor, he may follow Dijana Čizmadija's (Dijana Cizmadija's) example and remain silent for all time, but, unlike Čizmadija's, his presence alone is going to serve some useful purpose.