Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko said on Friday that his party would wait for the consolidation of Bridge, an alliance of independent slates that emerged third in Sunday's parliamentary vote, before resuming negotiations on the make-up of a new government.
The Bridge leadership on Thursday stated that it no longer considered Drago Prgomet its member after on Wednesday Prgomet alone held talks with the caretaker prime minister and Social Democrat leader Zoran Milanovic.
Bridge finds that those talks undermined the trust in Prgomet.
The HDZ and its coalition, called "Patriotic Coalition", won 59 seats in the 151-seat parliament, while the SDP and its partners in the "Croatia is Growing" coalition won 56 seats, according to the State Election Commission's provisional reports. In the parliamentary elections on November 8, Bridge won 19 seats and without it neither the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led coalition nor the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)-led coalition can form a parliamentary majority.
HDZ Secretary-General Milijan Brkic told reporters outside the HDZ main offices on Friday morning that he could understand the media interest, but that for the time being he could not say anything more until "things are concreticised".
"We have a systematic approach, and we will go public when we have something concrete," Brkic said while entering the main office where HDZ senior officials gathered for a meeting.