Deputy Prime Minister and Bridge party chief Bozo Petrov on Tuesday described the statement by Milan Bandic, leader of a junior party in the ruling coalition, regarding a government reshuffle as an attempt to destabilise the government.

Petrov congratulated "all those who have the stomach to approach a government reshuffle with people who were suspected of various crimes and arrested several times."

"In my opinion, these are clear attempts to destabilise the government at the exact moment the government is supposed to present its reform action plan... I would like to know which interest groups are not in favour of changes. Who is not in favour of order and a normal judicial system? And all of this is happening as we are attempting to bring order and make changes," Petrov told the press outside the government headquarters.

The Bridge chief also said that much was at stake regarding the INA oil company. Because of last week's developments, I believe it is very clear which interest groups are opposed to order and a functioning system. We don't criticise, but we will definitely block every attempt to sell out national interests, because we don't want to betray Croatia, and I congratulate all those who have the stomach to launch a government reshuffle with the people who ended up arrested on several occasions on criminal charges," Petrov said.

"We are here to advocate changes and we will push for changes," Petrov said. He also underlined that according to economic experts, a government reshuffle would lead to a lower credit rating and Croatia would end up with a Greek scenario, adding that he wanted to know who would take responsibility for that.

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