Bridge gives HDZ and SDP 5 days to respond to its demands

The leader of the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, gave Croatia's two largest parties, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), five days to declare their opinions on the guarantees which his party had demanded in exchange for its support to a new government.

"These guarantees are five percent of what they have promised to their voters, only five percent of what actually needs to be done. If they really respect the citizens, if they respect themselves and the state, I hope we will reach an agreement about that. I also hope we will reach an agreement about major reforms that Croatia needs, for which they have already given their consent. Croatia has the right to hope for a better future," Petrov said at his party's election headquarters after the announcement of partial results of Sunday's early parliamentary election.

He said that the guarantees would ensure that Croatia became a functioning democracy that has a right to a better future. "Those that do not support all of them cannot expect our support."

Petrov thanked all the people who had cast their ballots for Bridge, pledging to ensure that public interest came before all else. He called on young people to get involved in the struggle for Croatia's future.

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