The Presidency and the National Council of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party will meet on Monday to decide on the proposal by the Bridge reformist party to form a tripartite government that would be headed by a non-partisan prime minister.
Last Monday, at a joint meeting with the coalitions led by the HDZ and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Bridge proposed forming a tripartite government that would be headed by a non-party prime minister.
Under Bridge's proposal, either of the two coalitions would nominate the first deputy prime minister for the first two years in office while the other would name the speaker of parliament, and in the next two years the two coalitions would rotate the two positions.
Bridge requested the position of second deputy prime minister for themselves, giving the SDP and the HDZ a week to respond to their offer.
The SDP's main committee on Saturday unanimously dismissed the possibility of a tripartite alliance with the HDZ and Bridge as untenable, supporting once again the party's leader Zoran Milanovic as prime minister-designate. Milanovic said after the meeting that this did not mean that they had rejected Bridge, but the HDZ.
After the SDP rejected Bridge's proposal for a grand coalition, the HDZ said on Saturday they had expected that "the anti-reformist SDP will reject Bridge's proposal."
Bridge's spokesman Nikola Grmoja said on Saturday that the SDP, by rejecting their proposal for a non-partisan prime minister and a tripartite government, had also rejected Bridge. Bridge gave the SDP until Tuesday to change their mind in case the proposal was accepted by the HDZ.
"We will now wait for the HDZ's response and if they take the same position as the SDP, then these two parties should find a way to resolve this deadlock. If the HDZ accepts Bridge's proposal, we will continue talks with the HDZ and give the SDP until Tuesday, when our National Council meets, to change their decision," Grmoja said.