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New Croatian PM Tihomir Oreskovic is a McMaster graduate

A McMaster graduate has been named the Croatian prime minister-designate by the nation's president.

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Croatia's Prime Minister designate Tihomir Oreskovic arrives at the Presidental office in Zagreb, Croatia, December 23, 2015. (REUTERS/Antonio Bronic)

A McMaster graduate has been named the Croatian prime minister-designate by the nation's president.

Reuters Canada reports that Tihomir Oreskovic, 49, had his name put forward to serve as the nation's leader, but he'll have to win his cabinet's approval within the next 30 days. 

"He (Oreskovic) convinced me that he has support of 78 parliamentary deputies," President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said. Parliament has 151 seats.

Oreskovic graduated from McMaster in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, then returned to get his MBA in finance and information systems in 1991. He went on to work in the pharmaceutical business in the U.S. and Canada before making his way over to Crotia to work for Teva Pharmaceuticals, where he now serves as chief financial officer.

"I'll invest all my knowledge and energy so that we can start solving the large number of Problems that we have," Oreskovic said after his nomination.

Crotia's government has undergone six weeks of talks on a potential coalition between the nation's conservative HDZ party and the reformist "Most" (Croatian for "bridge") party. Most, made up of municipal politicians and independents, insisted on a technocrat prime minister to guarantee reformist intentions on fiscal management and the economy. Orsekovic fit that billing.

With files from Tucker Wilson/CBC