The State Electoral Commission (DIP) is expected to release on Monday the official results of the September 11 parliamentary election, which marks the start of a 20-day deadline within which the new, 9th parliament should be convened, and President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is to start consultations with parliamentary parties on Tuesday.
This past Friday the Croatian president said she would launch consultations with parliamentary parties on a new government on Tuesday, as soon as the DIP provided her with the final official results of the recent early election.
"I will not allow any procrastination," the president said adding that it seemed to her that the ongoing negotiations between the relative winner of the election -- the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) -- and other potential members of a parliamentary majority were going at a satisfactory pace.
The HDZ was the relative winner of the snap election, winning 61 seats in the 151-seat legislature.
The SDP-led People's Coalition won 54 seats, and the Bridge reformist party gained 13 seats while the Human Shield party (8), IDS/PGS (3), the coalition led by the Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic's party (2) and the regional HDSSB (1). One seat was won by independent MP Zeljko Glasnovic in the constituency for Croats living outside Croatia.
Eight (8) seats are allotted to MPs representing ethnic minorities.
Of those eight seats, three are allocated to the Serb minority that will be represented by SDSS party members -- Milorad Pupovac, Mile Horvat and Boris Miletic. Furio Radin is elected representative of the Italian minority, and Robert Jankovics was elected to represent ethnic Hungarians. Ethnic Roma representative Veljko Kajtazi will represent the Roma and 11 other minorities, Vladimir Bilek will represent the Czech and Slovak communities, and Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj will represent the ethnic Albanian community plus another four minorities.
The turnover in the September 11 polls was only 52.6%, which was ten percentage points lower than in the parliamentary election in November 2015.
The HDZ leader chief Andrej Plenkovic said this past Friday that negotiations on forming a new government would be successfully completed within constitutional deadlines that would start running on Monday.
"With 61 seats in parliament we are a convincing relative winner of the parliamentary election and we have several other deputies in parliament ready to support us. The more stable the parliamentary majority, the more stable and efficient the government," he said.
He also said that a high-quality framework for long-term cooperation with the Bridge party was being formed.
The third round of the HDZ-Bridge negotiations is due to be held on Monday.