ZAGREB, March 10 (Croatia Sun News) – The busts which used to be placed in the vestibule of the Pantovcak presidential office were removed last week, a source from the office of President Zoran Milanovic stated, adding that talks are being held with museums and other institutions for the return and storage of the statues.
The vestibule was until recently decorated by the busts of prominent Croatian politicians and leaders, including the first Croatian president Franjo Tudjman, as well as renowned leaders and dignitaries from the past: Josip Juraj Strossmayer, King Tomislav, Ivan Mazuranic, Ante Starcevic, Sjepan Radic and Alojzije Stepinac.
The bust of Strossmayer will be given back to the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU), which is its owner.
The Office of the fifth Croatian president explains that by removing the busts, President Milanovic delivered on his pre-election promise that they should be put on display in museums and not in the presidential office.
His predecessor, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, removed only one bust, and that was of Yugoslav Communist leader Josip Broz Tito, at the start of her term in 2015.