Bridge reps meet again, HDZ chief rules out national unity gov't

The leadership of the coalition of independent slates MOST (Bridge), which has proposed forming a government consisting of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Bridge, began one more meeting on Wednesday evening after having convened earlier in the day.

After the first talks with the SDP and the HDZ, Bridge leader Bozo Petrov called for forming a government of national unity.

"We, members of Bridge, have easily managed to overcome differences regarding our world views because we know that the economic situation is a priority at the moment. That is how we have approached both the SDP and the HDZ," said Petrov at a news conference after the talks.

However, HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko on Wednesday dismissed the idea of a government of national unity as unrealistic, wondering how it would be possible to include in such a government the Social Democratic Party (SDP) which he said had devastated the country in the past four years. Addressing reporters outside a Zagreb hotel where the HDZ and Bridge delegations held the first talks after Sunday's inconclusive parliamentary elections, Karamarko said that he did not think that a government of national unity was a good idea.

The SDP has not yet given any official comment on the proposal from Bridge, and some media reported that SDP leader Zoran Milanovic said at the talks with Bridge that forming a national unity government would be an act of cheating SDP voters.

Last update: Wed, 11/11/2015 - 19:15
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