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The National Council of the Bridge reformist party on Thursday accepted the proposed agreement which the negotiators of that party and of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) hammered out a day before regarding their future cooperation in the new Croatian government, according information from the Bridge party on Thursday evening.

HDZ and Bridge officials are due to hold a joint news conference on Friday afternoon.

Rumours hinted that the proposed "package" regulating the HDZ-Bridge cooperation includes a rotating parliament speaker - two years a HDZ speaker and two years the speaker would come from Bridge. Bridge would be in charge of four ministries and have one deputy speaker in parliament.

The HDZ was the relative winner of the September 11 snap election, winning 61 seats in the 151-seat legislature. The Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led People's Coalition won 54 seats, the Bridge party 13, while the Human Shield party won eight, IDS/PGS three, a coalition led by Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic's party two and the regional HDSSB party one seat. One seat was won by independent MP Zeljko Glasnovic in the constituency for Croats living outside Croatia.

A total of eight seats are allotted to MPs representing ethnic minorities. Three are designated for the Serb minority which will be represented by SDSS party members Milorad Pupovac, Mile Horvat and Boris Miletic. Furio Radin was elected representative of the Italian minority and Robert Jankovics of ethnic Hungarians. Ethnic Roma representative Veljko Kajtazi will represent the Roma and 11 other minorities, Vladimir Bilek will represent the Czech and Slovak communities, while Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj will represent the ethnic Albanian community plus another four minorities (Bosniak, Montenegrin, Slovenian and Macedonian).

The elected representatives of the Hungarian and of the Czech and Slovak minorities, Jankovics and Bilek respectively, on Thursday gave their signatures of support to HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic as the future prime minister-designate to form the new government. The leader of the People's Party - Reformists, Radimir Cacic, said on Thursday that his party would support Plenkovic with its signature without setting any conditions because it was in the country's interest and that the party would decide on its support to the new government after it saw its platform and composition.

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