The head of the Bridge party's parliamentary caucus, Miroslav Simic, confirmed on Friday to reporters that his party had just handed in a list with the signatures of all 12 Bridge members of Parliament supporting a motion for the dissolution of the parliament and that by doing so, Bridge was sending a message that it would not take part in any parliamentary regrouping.
Asked if it was true that July 15 had been agreed as the date for the parliament's dissolution, Simic said that that date was acceptable to Bridge.
"I think it would be fair to Croatian citizens so that those with seasonal jobs or on holiday can be at home, in their places of residence, when the elections are held," Simic said.
He said Bridge's strong suit in the elections would be its credibility, which, he said, had been proven so far.
Asked if Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic would join Bridge in the elections, Simic said that they had not discussed it yet.
"As for Mr Oreskovic, we have not held any talks with him. Until yesterday we were focused on only one goal - trying to save this government," said Simic.
He added, however, that Bridge supported Oreskovic as Prime Minister and believed that he was a valuable member of the team.
As for yesterday's talks with the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), Simic said that there had not been any formal meetings but rather talks between individual MPs.
"We talked not only with members of the SDP but also with members of other parliamentary caucuses and I know that there are people who for reasons of their own will try to depict this as collaboration between Bridge and the SDP. This is supposed to be coordination among more parties, including the SDP. As for agreements with the SDP, our experience with that was bad and it is still fresh in our memory," he said.
Asked if there had been any attempts by the HDZ party to contact Bridge MPs, he said: "No, there have been no secret talks. There are public calls which we can also hear in the parliament."
Goran Beus Richembergh of the opposition Croatian People's Party (HNS) said that HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko was not the only one to be blamed for disrupted relations in the government and the current political crisis.
"He is just the tip of the iceberg, he triggered (the crisis). Discussions over the past few days have shown that the government is not functioning on more than just one level and that positions and conduct of many ministers are problematic," said Beus Richembergh, adding that his party would negotiate new cooperation in a likely snap election with the parties of the SDP-led Croatia Is Growing coalition, of which it was a member in the November 2015 election.
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