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Parliamentary clubs on Monday failed to agree on Sabor Speaker Zeljko Reiner's proposal that only parliamentary clubs may take the floor during a debate ahead of the vote of confidence in the new cabinet on Friday.

In light of that fact that the Social Democratic Party (SDP) refused to accept this, and some other Opposition clubs followed, we will organise the debate as usual, Reiner of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) said after the clubs' meeting.

The parliament's chairman explained that he had proposed that only parliamentary clubs and not individual MPs might be engaged in the debate ahead of the appointment of the new government for the purpose of "time-saving and the dignity of the parliament".

We have 13 clubs and each of them is entitled to present their position in 15 minutes, and when you add up the introduction of the government and the vote of confidence, all this will take 7-8 hours, Reiner said, calling on MPs and their clubs to try to reduce all this to a sensible time frame.

Reiner said the session on Friday could be prolonged after the midnight, which he feared might affect the quality of the work of the parliament and the government.

As for the Bridge party's suggestion about the abolishment of the entitlement of of MPs to receive full monthly pay six months after the termination of their parliamentary status and a half monthly income for another six months, Reiner, a Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) official, said "Let's discuss some proposal when it is formulated (as a motion), rather than talking about what one would like to do some day".

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