Photograph: HINA/ Daniel SPONZA/ ua

Asked if cooperation with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) as the relative election winner was an option for his party, the secretary-general of the Istrian Democratic Party (IDS), Giovanni Sponza, said on Tuesday that cooperation with the right political camp was out of the question for the IDS.

The IDS has made its position very clear, it belongs to the left political camp, Sponza told a news conference in Pula when asked to comment on HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic's statement that his party would discuss government formation with all parties elected to the parliament.

"In that regard, we are the most credible party and cooperation with the right camp is out of the question because one man cannot change a party's habitus overnight. In line with that, if we talk about contribution to economic growth and recovery, which are necessary, being in the Opposition does not rule out the responsibility and obligation to make a contribution through certain legal solutions," said Sponza.

Asked about Zoran Milanovic's withdrawal from the post of Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader, Sponza said that it was an internal matter of the SDP.

He expressed satisfaction with the party's result in Sunday's early parliamentary election, achieved in a coalition with the Primorje-Gorski Kotar Party (PGS) and the Slate for Rijeka, describing its as the best election result in the IDS's history.

The IDS won three seats in the 151-seat parliament this past Sunday.

Sponza warned that the country was in a deep economic and social crisis and that the IDS therefore expected "an end to be put to rigid rhetoric and a step forward to be made towards focusing on what should be done."

"Croatia has economic growth and the best tourist season ever, but that's not enough. We all have to focus on economic recovery, investments, employment growth and decentralisation," Sponza said.

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