|4th[a] Prime Minister of Croatia|
12 August 1992 – 3 April 1993
|Preceded by||Franjo Gregurić|
|Succeeded by||Nikica Valentić|
17 February 1935 |
Sušak, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Political party||Croatian Democratic Union
|^a Counting from the 1990 Croatian parliamentary election. 16th Croatian prime minister overall.|
Šarinić had a business career in Paris, France. He is a dual citizen of both Croatia and of France, as he spent 24 years in France, from 1963 to 1987. After the first democratic elections in Croatia, he joined the government of Franjo Tuđman and became head of his personal office.
His cabinet, like all in Tudjman years, was less concerned with foreign policy and war and more with domestic issues. One of those issues was privatisation of state-owned companies. During his time many of the most controversial events of that process took place, including the now infamous takeover of Slobodna Dalmacija in early 1993.
By that time Croatian economy continued to decline, Šarinić himself became immensely unpopular and even his native Primorje-Gorski Kotar County rejected HDZ at local elections in February 1993. All that, together with escalating war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, led Tudjman to replace him with Nikica Valentić in April 1993.
Šarinić was not demoted, however. He continued to serve as Tudjman's close advisor and was, for a while, head of Croatian security services.
He remained in public spotlight because of his diplomatic missions and frequent negotiations with Slobodan Milošević. After one of those missions he created great deal of controversy by claiming that one of the results of former Yugoslav wars should be "little Greater Serbia".
In 1995, he was the government's official representative in the Erdut Agreement.
In 1998, Šarinić publicly criticized high-ranking HDZ politician Ivić Pašalić and – after Tudjman sided with Pašalić – resigned from his post. In 2000 he joined and was briefly active with the newly formed Democratic Centre.