Anto Đapić

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Anto Đapić
Mayor of Osijek
In office
23 January 2009 – 4 June 2009
Preceded by Gordan Matković
Succeeded by Krešimir Bubalo
In office
June 2005 – 3 September 2007
Preceded by Zlatko Kramarić
Succeeded by Gordan Matković
Member of Parliament
In office
7 January 1992 – 6 February 2009
Succeeded by Daniel Srb
Constituency IV electoral district
2nd President of the
Croatian Party of Rights
In office
11 September 1993 – 7 November 2009
Deputy Daniel Srb
Preceded by Dobroslav Paraga
Succeeded by Daniel Srb
Personal details
Born (1958-08-22) 22 August 1958 (age 56)[1]
Čaprazlije, Livno, SFR Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina)[1]
Political party Croatian Party of Rights

Anto Đapić (born 22 August 1958[2]) is a retired Croatian right-wing politician and the former president of the Croatian Party of Rights (HSP). He served as a Representative in the Croatian Parliament, a post he was elected to at the 1992, 1995, 2000, 2003 and 2007 elections.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Đapić was born in Čaprazlije, Livno municipality, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia (now in Bosnia and Herzegovina).

The family of Đapić had a history of supporting the old Croatian Party of Rights, and later the Ustaše regime. Therefore, when his father and uncles chose to go to West Germany on permanent work instead of living in socialist Yugoslavia, while Anto, his mother and brother lived in Osijek, Croatia ever since 1962.[2] Đapić considers Osijek to be his hometown.

Đapić lost his mother in a car crash when he was a teenager,[2] so he had to do manual labour while studying law at Osijek University. Đapić obtained a law degree in 1989.

Political career[edit]

When pluralism took over in Croatia and rest of Yugoslavia in 1989, Đapić first joined Franjo Tuđman's Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). He was one of the party's organizers in Osijek, but he left it after short time. In 1991, he joined the Croatian Party of Right (HSP), which was renewed year earlier. After the assassination of Ante Paradžik, he was named party's Vice President.

Đapić was also for short period of time a commander of voluntary military units called HOS (Hrvatske Obrambene Snage - Croatian Defence Forces), which were organized by Croatian Party of Right. They wore black uniforms like the Black Legion of the Ustaše army, and fought in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Later HOS was blended with Croatian Army (in Croatia) and Croatian Defense Council (in Bosnia).

In 1993, Đapić was named president of HSP. Previous president Dobroslav Paraga claimed Đapić was elected illegally, and he later formed the new party Croatian Party of Right 1861, which has failed at each parliamentary election since 1993. Đapić was less critical of President Tuđman and HDZ then Paraga, and he was considered to be their satellite.

In the 1995 election, HSP won 4.8% of vote, but after a recount, 5.01% was claimed to be official result, which meant that HSP remained represented in Parliament. With war being over the party took more and more criticism for its neo-ustaša views. However, HSP led by Đapić maintained small but solid support among the voters. In 2000, this time in coalition with Croatian Christian Democratic Union (HKDU), HSP kept four Parliament seats.

Đapić led a presidential campaign the same year, finishing a distant fifth. Since then, Đapić and his party have endeavoured to change perception among voters. The extremist right-wing agenda had moderated.

HSP continues to wholly oppose the existence of the Hague War Crimes Tribunal, holds eurosceptic views and is socially very conservative. Đapić likened the possible legal recognition of same-sex marriages to "Sodom and Gomorrah".[3] But it also takes care of economic, educational and various other problems. Therefore it won over some moderates and doubled its seat numbers in 2003 election.

HSP and its president are now viewed as an anti-establishment solution as opposed to establishment parties like HDZ and the Social Democratic Party of Croatia. Representative Đapić currently serves in Foreign Politics Committee. He is married with one daughter.

In June 2005, Đapić became mayor of Osijek, but he lost this position in 2009.

In late 2009, the HSP split yet again. A new party, "Hrvatska stranka prava dr. Ante Starčević", with Ruža Tomašić as party leader was formed. The party's leadership accused Đapić for the weakening of HSP's standing in the Sabor.

Đapić was replaced as the president of the party at the November 2009 convention by Daniel Srb.

In December 2011 Đapić announced his retirement from politics.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Anto Đapić". sabor.hr (in Croatian). Croatian Parliament. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Đapić: Moja istina o Glavašu, Sanaderu, kukuruzu i magisteriju". Večernji list (in Croatian). 11 March 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Đapić: Bolje imati 'butru', nego dečka". jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). 30 September 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "MOJA ISTINA Anto Đapić: Ruža Tomašić je izdala pravaštvo". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 19 December 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Zlatko Kramarić
Mayor of Osijek
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Krešimir Bubalo
Party political offices
Preceded by
Dobroslav Paraga
0President of the Croatian Party of Rights0
1993–2009
Succeeded by
Daniel Srb