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Croatian Document Union (HDZ) MP Ivan Suker in reaction to Bridge leader Bozo Petrov's statement to the press on Wednesday, said the HDZ would not succumb to any ultimatum, however "everything can be discussed."

"We can talk, however no one can present the HDZ with ultimatums. We are a party that supports talks and we want to discuss everything however we will not agree to any ultimatum," Suker told reporters in parliament after Petrov addressed the press and said that if HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko decided to topple the government, Bridge would not take part in a majority reshuffle but will opt for a snap election.

Croatian People's Party HNS MP Anka Mrak Taritas said that the two deputy prime ministers - Karamarko and Petrov - cannot be setting ultimatums to each other. "They need to sit down and come to an agreement and not lead this country in a bad direction," she said.

Asked what the government would look like if the HDZ backed down from calling a no confidence vote in Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, she said that the government would last until the next problem.

Croatian Peasants' Party (HSS) leader - a junior coalition party in government - Kresimir Beljak said that all options would be exhausted to avoid an election. "It is hard to believe though that that will not occur," he said.

Asked whether the HSS would vote no confidence in Oreskovic, Beljak said that the party's presidency had to make its decision in that regard. "However, the way things look right now, we will continue to support the option that Mr Oreskovic packs his bags and returns to Canada," Beljak said.

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