HDZ seeking solution that would involve all three sides

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko said on Monday that the HDZ would further discuss the demands by the Bridge reformist party for a tripartite government and a non-partisan prime minister at a meeting in the evening.

"The SDP (Social Democratic Party of the incumbent Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic) has rejected a tripartite government, so this issue is passe. But let's find a solution in which all three sides will cooperate," Karamarko told the press after a three-hour meeting of the HDZ's Presidency and National Council. "It would be a different form of cooperation, and time will show which one."

Karamarko said that the proposal for a tripartite government was not acceptable to the HDZ, while the idea of a non-partisan prime minister would be discussed. "This will be discussed, and our condition is that the issues of a parliamentary majority and government are dealt with in a package, and once we have agreed on that, we can discuss all else.

He invited the elected parliamentary deputies of the Bridge party for further talks. "Today, tomorrow. But even if we form a coalition and a parliamentary majority with them, I think Croatia will need a consensus on certain crucial problems," he added.

Karamarko said that they had not discussed possible nominations for prime minister. "We will try to realise as many of our aspirations as possible. We are a victorious party."

Asked how many signatures they had managed to gather, Karamarko said that if they reached an agreement with Bridge, the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition would have the support of more than 80 elected MPs.

Last update: Mon, 14/12/2015 - 15:10


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