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The Forward Croatia! - Progressive Alliance party, led by former President Ivo Josipovic, will not participate in the early parliamentary election set for September 11 because it has failed, due to lack of understanding and support by potential partners, to form the second centre-left camp that would run in the election as a coalition, Josipovic said on Friday.  

"On the Croatian political scene the centre-left camp (not including the People's Coalition) will run in the coming elections disunited and without the strength to achieve a satisfactory result," Josipovic told a news conference, adding that the party would continue working on its previously adopted strategy to strengthen its base.

He said that his party advised its members and sympathisers to vote for one of the left or centrist parties or coalitions promoting democratic standards, reforms and social progress.

"A 26 billion kuna debt will be due for payment next year, the economic situation is very difficult despite some minor signs of improvement, the country needs decentralisation and a judicial reform. Every year budget funds for science and education are cut and society is not giving young people what it should be giving them. The HDZ and the SDP receive the most media coverage and in their public statements, those parties' officials make unrealistic promises," Josipovic said, citing some of the problems the Croatian society is faced with.

He also said that Croatia was faced with the challenge of terrorism and called on major parties to consider that problem seriously.

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