The Bridge party issued a statement on Wednesday evening in response to a letter from Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic, saying that they were glad that Milanovic had decided to continue dialogue and believed that this was the right way to forming a reformist government.
Milanovic sent an open letter to Bridge on Wednesday afternoon calling for further talks on the formation of a new cabinet and saying that he was ready to discuss the possibility of Bridge leader Bozo Petrov being nominated prime minister-designate.
"We are glad that Zoran Milanovic has decided to continue public communication and believe that this is the right way to achieving what we have been advocating, and that is a reformist government. At this point Bridge expects the Croatia Is Growing coalition to declare its official position on our demands for a reformist government and cooperation with the Patriotic Coalition," Bridge said in its statement.
Bridge said they were confident that the SDP and its Croatia Is Growing coalition would join in further talks on the formation of a reformist government. "That is, above all, in the interest of Croatia and its citizens who expect us to launch reforms."
"The idea of a tripartite reformist government, involving all three parties led by a non-party prime minister, is now very close to becoming a reality, which proves that it has been a realistic and welcome option from the start," the statement said. "Unfortunately, in recent days individuals from the Croatia Is Growing coalitions have exaggerated with inappropriate rhetoric and insulted members of Bridge, and we hope that something like that will not happen again."