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The head of the club of parliamentary deputies of the Bridge party, Miroslav Simic, said on Tuesday that Bridge members had not discussed Bridge leader Bozo Petrov's possible departure from the government if First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko resigned, as suggested by some dailies.

"We have not discussed any such thing. Bridge has been very clear about its position that there is certain political burden on the First Deputy Prime Minister and that because of that, he should no longer be in that post, that is the main topic for us, we consider anything else as spins," Simic told the N1 television.

"If after Tomislav Karamarko makes the move, which we expect him to make, and our partners consider that there should be a reshuffle, we can discuss that because... the government does not depend on any single person, whether they be from Bridge or the Patriotic Coalition," he said.

Asked if in case Petrov resigned, government ministers appointed by Bridge would also step down, Simic said he hoped that that would not happen.

"I believe that it is in Croatia's interest for this government to survive and for the First Deputy PM to resign due to his political burden. Any other calculations would not not be good either for the government or for society."

Asked if Bridge MPs were exposed to any pressure to give up on their decision to vote no confidence in Karamarko, Simic said that he did not have any such information.

He added that Bridge did not intend to lobby for its position among other MPs. "We have taken a stand, we will articulate it clearly during the parliamentary debate and that is the only important thing for Bridge at the moment."

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