HNS leader says expects HDZ, Bridge to form government

Croatian People's Party (HNS) leader Ivan Vrdoljak said on Monday that his party's results in Sunday's early parliamentary election were very good but that he was not satisfied with the results of the People's Coalition or the voter turnout, and that he expected the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge party to form a new government.

"We have not talked to anyone but it is to be expected that the HDZ and Bridge will form a government. I don't see us in the government to be formed by the HDZ and Bridge. It's only natural for partners who during the campaign said that they were close to one another to form a government. Why would we unnecessarily interfere in that," Vrdoljak told a news conference when asked about a possible government between the People's Coalition and Bridge.

"We won't seek power at any cost," Vrdoljak said, adding that the HNS could only enter a government that would be stable and efficient.

The HNS, it was said, had brought 11 parliamentary seats to the People's Coalition, of which the party itself would have nine in its future club of deputies.

Despite the fact that the turnout was 52.59%, as much as 8.23% lower than in November last year, in absolute terms the HNS has won more votes than last year, the party's officials said.

Of the total number of votes won by the People's Coalition, the HNS itself won 13.3% and the party's candidates received the preferential votes of 85,213 voters, 1,196 votes more than in the last parliamentary election.

The party's share in the total number of voters who voted for the People's Coalition (both those who cast preferential votes and those who did not), is 127,557 votes, the party said.

The HNS is the only party in the People's Coalition that won two more seats in the parliament based on preferential votes, one by Anka Mrak Taritas and the other by Milorad Batinic.

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