August 13, 2020 — Financial problems forced 48-year-old Doctor of History and former MP Branimir Bunjac to leave Croatia to become a laborer in Ireland. Although every job is an honorable job, this is a stunning life stumble.
It was a media sensation in October when former Mayor of Gospić, Petar Krmpotić, moved to Ireland to work in a warehouse. If HDZ could not take care of one of their members, it was little surprise that other politicians have gone abroad for work.
On Tuesday, Branimir Bunjac, an MP from Živi Zid (Living Wall) and former rising political star, posted on Facebook from Ireland. Financial problems forced the 48-year-old Doctor of History to leave Croatia to become a laborer in Ireland. Although every job is an honorable job, this is a startling life stumble Novi list reports.
Bunjac may be to blame because he wanted to leave Croatia Parliament for the European Parliament and a much bigger salary. Then, due to conflicts which destroyed his political party, he lost his parliament seat. Divorce and credit obligations followed. Two days ago, Bunjac informed the Croatian public that he had been in Ireland for six months.
Changed Political Parties Three Times After Leaving ‘Living Wall’
That might be true, but he founded Treću Opciju (Third Option) on February 22, after parting ways with Ivan Pernar. After the European elections, both had quarreled with Ivan Vilibor Sinčić, left the Living Wall, and founded the Ivan Pernar Party.
But then, he and Pernar did not get along. “That’s not the direction I want to go in politics. I don’t think ill of Ivan Pernar and believe he is a good person. However, we do not agree about the methods and goals for building a strong opposition party,” Bunjac explained in January. Then, he formed his own party to compete in Croatia Parliament elections.
One of his goals was to increase political salaries and pensions by a minimum of 3,200 HRK (426 EUR).
Former Croatia MP Bunjac Candidate, While Living and Working in Ireland
However, Bunjac did not participate in this initiative. On July 5, after having already been in Ireland for a long time, Bunjac was also candidate for the unknown Croatian Party of the Future, and ranked first on their list.
They recorded dismal election results. The party received 483 votes, or 0.31 percent, and Bunjac received 158 preferential votes or 32.71 percent. “I knew that I had no chance in this election. I had to go it alone with my own party, without coalition partners. And I was not even at home,” Bunjac wrote on Facebook after the announcement of the parliamentary election results.
Initially, he did not reveal why he was not at home or where he was, but he has now. In the video, he tells people in his homeland how great his life is in Ireland. “My life situation has forced me to make a little move. I’m used to it now and have really gotten to know this country. There are all kinds of jobs available, even during the time of COVID-19, when there are a lot of layoffs.”
“You can literally choose any kind of job you want. At one point I had seven offers on the table to choose from. Even now, I get two or three job offers every week. I chose a permanent job where I have all possible rights, including retirement and vacation. I also have two more part-time jobs,” Bunjac explained.
Seven Job Offers to Choose From
Nevertheless, he admitted though that he is a laborer at the bottom of the social ladder. So, in less than a year, he has gone from being a member of a national parliament, a member of the political elite, to a man working abroad as a laborer, a position that does not require any special training. What do his current colleagues say when they find out he had a seat in Croatia Parliament last year? Would they be surprised to learn he had a heated argument with the Croatian Prime Minister?
But not everything is so perfect for Bunjac in Ireland. Like Pernar, he is a big COVID-19 skeptic. The other day he complained on Facebook that “fascism” was at work in Ireland. Not wearing protective masks in shops is punishable by “2,500 EUR and 6 months in prison”.
Bunjac’s plan is to stay in Ireland for another two years so he can get back on his feet financially. Then he will return to Croatia, where there is “unfinished business”.
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