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Former Croatian president Ivo Josipovic said on Sunday he planned to resign to his duties in his Forward Croatia party next Wednesday, adding however that despite his poor results at the recent parliament elections, he was not politically dead.

"The results are poor, but the question is why. We were formed only two and a half months ago and we are a small and new party," Josipovic said in the "Nedjeljom u Dva" political talk show on Croatian Television when asked why he had not resigned following the election debacle.

"I am not politically dead, I have recovered," Josipovic said, expressing confidence that despite the election fiasco, there was enthusiasm in his party.

Asked to comment on Prime Minister designate Tihomir Oreskovic, Josipovic said he needed to be given a chance, but that he was confident that both the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge reformist party were trying to limit the constitutional powers of prime minister designate.

Commenting on the announcement by Bridge chief Bozo Petrov that the restructuring of the government and its agencies would take six months, Josipovic said it was not a good sign that the ruling coalition was thinking about its moves only after the elections.

Asked why he said the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led government was bad but he said it only now, Josipovic said the president must not be the opposition, adding that the incumbent President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic should be more active.

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