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Miroslav Simic, who was elected as a parliamentary deputy on the Bridge slate in the 4th constituency in his capacity as a representative of the Civic Option of the City of Osijek (GOGO), said on Tuesday that he would continue staying by Bridge leader Bozo Petrov and that he would remain in the Bridge group of elected deputies, thus denying a statement earlier issued by the GOGO leadership that he would leave the Bridge National Council.

"I remain in the Bridge National Council and in my capacity as an elected MP, I firmly stand by the side of Bozo Petrov and I wish to inform the public that the Bridge party has not lost an elected deputy and will not lose him," Simic told Hina today.

The GOGO Main Committee decided on Monday evening that Simic, a representative of that civil society association, would withdraw from the Bridge National Council and that any decision considering post-election cooperation and support to candidates for the Prime Minister-Designate which will be made by him as the elected deputy must be given prior approval from GOGO.

This statement was posted on GOGO's Facebook account. This organisation insists that any decision on election and post-election cooperation with other parties is only within the remit of GOGO Main Committee.

"I disagree with this decision and I think that some individuals have succumbed to pressure from the media and some other forms of pressure. It is important to preserve Bridge and foster its ideas," Simic said.

Simic explained that only 7 members of the 17-member GOGO Main Committee voted for the decision on Simic's withdrawal from the Bridge party. Furthermore, Simic himself had not attended that meeting.

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