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The head of the Bridge party's parliamentary group, Ivan Kovacic, said on Thursday that there was no conflict between his party and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), which make up the current government, following accusations by junior members of the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition.

Kovacic was commenting on claims by Pero Coric of the HSP AS party, a junior member of the ruling coalition, that Bridge was "a disruptive element" and was making the functioning of the Council for Cooperation between the Patriotic Coalition and Bridge difficult.

"Bridge, of course, is to blame for everything because distribution of political functions would have been easier if the Patriotic Coalition had won the elections on its own and if it had a majority in parliament," Kovacic told the press in the parliament building.

The Bridge party is a member of the government, but is not a member of the HDZ-led coalition.

He said that his party was not in favour of purges. "We are in favour of job advertisements and against purges. ... Small parties from the Patriotic Coalition obviously wanted to profit from these elections, but unfortunately the election results did not let them."

Kovacic claimed that the Cooperation Council was functioning, saying that some of the assistant ministers had not been appointed yet because of the ministers' busy work schedules.

Asked about a statement by Bridge leader Bozo Petrov about the nomination by the Patriotic Coalition of Milijan Brkic as the Minister of Veterans' Affairs, Kovacic said: "We are waiting for the prime minister to make his decision and then we will see what we will do next, just as has been the case with previous nominations."

HSLS leader Darinko Kosor is also unhappy with the functioning of parliamentary committees and the government. "Either we will all reset, or we will go to a new election," he told his coalition partners on Thursday.

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