Following a second round of talks in the past 24 hours, the Croatian People's Party (HNS) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) have agreed to run in the coming snap parliamentary election together and the HNS will sign an agreement to that effect together with other parties of the SDP-led People's Coalition on Saturday.
Varazdin county prefect and HNS deputy leader Predrag Stromar confirmed to Hina that an agreement had been reached with the SDP.
"I have to say that we agreed on everything with our partners. We wish to achieve the best possible result in all electoral constituencies and hope that our coalition - the People's Coalition - has a prime minister in the next government," Stormar told Hina.
"There have been a few minor changes (in ranking on the electoral slate) but essentially the agreement is such that we can achieve the best possible result through synergy and win 10 to 12 seats more than we did in the last election as a coalition. The HNS will remain with the same number of seats, that is seven seats, and we have to fight for an 8th. That is our task, we know how to do that and we will," Stromar added.
Disappointed with the way the HNS had been treated by the SDP concerning the joint coalition for the coming election, Stromar had threatened that the HNS would leave the coalition and run in the election with its own slate. Stromar explained that this was not a revolt and that he was just advocating the interests of northern Croatia.
This was followed by two days of intensive negotiations which resulted in the agreement reached today.