The Hrast party, a junior partner in the ruling coalition, denied media reports on Tuesday that its leader Ladislav Ilcic had signed the Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) motion for the impeachment of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, saying that it was in favour of further cooperation between the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition and the reformist Bridge party and against an early election.
Hrast said that an early election would cost too much and would give the Social Democratic Party (SDP) a chance to return to power. It said that it would support only those moves by the HDZ that were agreed with Bridge.
Hrast said it could not be part of any new parliamentary majority with parties whose programmes differed substantially from Hrast's, such as the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS).
Hrast, which holds one seat in the national parliament, expressed "regret and concern" about the present situation, stressing that "Croatia's well-being must be the priority in all political actions."
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