After the Croatian Democratic Union-led (HDZ) Patriotic Coalition rejected the Bridge party's proposal and walked out of negotiations on a tripartite government, the Bridge National Council on Sunday morning began a meeting to consider the latest developments and a strategy on the continuation of negotiations with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) scheduled for 3 pm.

Bridge leader Bozo Petrov would not speak to the press before the meeting. His party colleagues said they were pleased about the possibility of his becoming prime minister but would not say if he would accept the post.

"We have always supported him. He's an honest man, a new face in Croatian politics representing change," Ivan Lovrinovic said when asked when the decision on whether Petrov would be the new PM would be known.

Asked if change was possible with the SDP-led coalition, which ran the country for the past four years, he said change was imperative. "That's our key condition. That's why we all entered politics and formed Bridge. Change won't be something worn out to us."

Lovrinovic said he saw now reason why the Bridge-SDP coalition would not work out if there was good will, honesty and sincerity. Asked if the new PM would be known today, he said he did not know.

HDZ secretary-general Milijan Brkic said earlier today that the Patriotic Coalition, by rejecting Bridge's proposal on a tripartite government, had saved face and protected national interests because the negotiations were not about Croatia's future but "solely about the fight for offices and saving" SDP leader Zoran Milanovic.

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