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Spokesman for the Bridge party Nikola Grmoja said on Thursday that the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) had not responded to Bridge's guarantees (demands) which were to be the basis of any future cooperation, adding that these were not even close to what had been agreed to with Bridge at the last election.

"Whoever shows that they are prepared to implement these, they will be in a position to form a government with Bridge. We expect these proposals to be voted on...we believe that citizens no longer believe anyone of Croatia's elite," Grmoja told a press conference.

He added that it's obvious that the HDZ or SDP wish to discuss the guarantees after the election if its should prove to be necessary to use Bridge to form a government.

He added that Bridge's guarantees were the path to a better and more transparent Croatia which obviously doesn't suit HDZ or SDP when it comes to the distraint law and to help blocked citizens or to reduce the maximum wage for local government officials which would stop the hiring of people feathering their nests, and so on.

"Their only objective is to stop Bridge because it has shown that it cannot be bought...Bridge insists on protecting national interests and implementing all reforms," Grmoja said. He refuted media speculation that Bridge's demands cannot be implemented prior to the government being formed as this argument has no constitutional or legal basis.

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