Croatian People's Party (HNS) president Ivan Vrdoljak on Wednesday dismissed the possibility of the HNS supporting a government formed by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and Bridge parties, saying he expected them "to finish their negotiations as soon as possible and start realising their promises."
Speaking to the press after an HNS Presidency session, Vrdoljak said the party was "extremely satisfied" with its results in a recent parliamentary election and that it expected to defeat the HDZ-Bridge coalition in next year's local polls.
He said the HNS expected of the HDZ and Bridge "to raise salaries, cut taxes, provide for pensioners, improve health care and everything they talked about during the campaign, and not to waste any more time on political bickering but to get to work."
Vrdoljak said the HNS was not talking about backing an HDZ-Bridge government but embarking on preparations for local elections. "The day after this election, we extended our congratulations and said Bridge and the HDZ should form the government since they won the voters' trust."
He said the HNS "isn't even thinking about participating in the government" and that it would be in the opposition when parliament would vote on a prime minister designate.
He would not say if the HNS would run in the local polls independently or in a coalition.