Bridge party says new PM should be neutral or its rep

The Bridge party published on its Facebook page on Saturday a preliminary framework agreement which it had offered last night to the HDZ- and SDP-led coalitions for the inauguration of parliament and the formation of the government, which would be led by a neutral person chosen by consensus or by a Bridge representative.

The document says that, at Bridge's proposal to jointly form all levels of government, the two coalitions left room for cooperation, although with conditions. The agreement, if initialled by the HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) and the SDP (Social Democratic Party), establishes the level of each side's willingness for tripartite cooperation.

Bridge is offering the formation of a government comprising representatives of Bridge and the two coalitions and non-partisan experts. All nominees would become part of the government only by consensus.

The prime minister would be a neutral person chosen by consensus or a Bridge representative. If only two sides agree and sign on this, the prime minister could only be a non-partisan person or someone from Bridge, and this would be considered an agreement reached by the signatories which cannot be changed in the continuation of negotiations between the two signatories.

If all three sides sign the agreement, they would participate in the government via a party representative and have the office of a deputy prime minister. Each side's representatives would also serve as ministers, with each candidate approved by tripartite consensus. The signatories would nominate their candidates for all other government bodies and institutions, with each candidate approved by tripartite consensus.

The new parliament would be inaugurated and its speaker chosen by tripartite consensus. All deputy speakers and the members of all parliamentary bodies would be chosen by agreement in accordance with the election results, including all other parties and MPs not participating in these talks.

Based on the level of agreement reached within this framework, an official joint statement would be drawn up and signed, followed by an integral agreement.

Last update: Sat, 19/12/2015 - 15:24

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