Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said on Monday he was extremely pleased with the outcome of Sunday's parliamentary election, that the election loser was the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition and that Croatia had said 'no' to the HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union).

Citizens said 'no' to those who thought they could crush someone and have the opportunity to apply methods against those with different views, Ostojic of the Social Democratic Party (SDP)  told reporters.

"It's extremely good that Mr. Karamarko received such a slap and totally embarrassed himself," he said referring to HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko. "The fact that the members of your own party can't give you their preference votes in the 9th constituency only shows that not even the HDZ wants him, let alone the people of the Republic of Croatia."

Agreement on the formation of the new government does not hinge on to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Ostojic said, reiterating that SDP leader Zoran Milanovic's message was clear - change began in the previous term and now one should see what next.

The Bridge party should decide which coalition to support, Ostojic said. "If they think they can make any reform together with the HDZ... Even 'their institute', which said it didn't draw up their economic platform, has renounced them," he said referring to the HDZ.

The SDP is willing to discuss every point with Bridge and now it is up to the leaders to continue the talks, Ostojic said.

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