The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Thursday denied media speculations that this party had held a meeting with Drago Prgomet, a leader of the alliance of independent slates that goes by the name "MOST (Bridge)" in the morning.
HDZ senior official Zeljko Reiner, perceived by media as the party's chief negotiator with Bridge on a possible next government, told Hina that any individual meeting with Prgomet was out of question.
Some HDZ representatives said that reports on the Prgomet-HDZ meeting was an attempt by Prgomet to offset "yesterday's disaster at talks with (SDP leader) Zoran Milanovic".
"The HDZ is negotiating with Bridge as a whole," they said.
Unofficial results of Sunday's parliamentary vote show that, after 99.79% of ballots were counted, the Patriotic Coalition led by the HDZ won 59 seats in the 151-seat parliament, the SDP-led Croatia Is Growing coalition won 56 seats, and the Bridge alliance, the biggest surprise of the election, won 19 seats. This means that none of the coalitions has won the necessary number of seats to have a majority of 76 deputies necessary to form a government.