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The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader and Deputy Prime Minister in the new government, Tomislav Karamarko, said on Saturday that "there are indications" that his party was defrauded of five or siX parliamentary seats in the election night and he promised that this would be investigated.

"In that election night, there are indications that we were defrauded of five or six seats, and we will investigate that," said Karamarko in the southern town of Imotski during a celebration of the 26th anniversary of the establishment of the local HDZ branch.

Croatia's election for the eighth parliament, which was held on November 8, 2015, ended inconclusively, as the HDZ-led coalition won 59 seats, and the Social Democrat Party (SDP)-led coalition mustered 56 seats while its ally the Istrian Democratic Party (IDS) mustered three seats in the 151-seat legislature, according to official results provided by the State Election Commission. An alliance of slates with independent candidates and the Bridge party candidates emerged third with 19 seats. 

In the post-election negotiations, the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition and the Bridge reached agreement on forming a new government led by non-partisan technocrat Prime Minister, Tihomir Oreskovic.

The Oreskovic cabinet was approved by the parliament on Friday by 83 votes to 61, with five abstentions. However, the number of Bridge parliamentary deputies was scaled down to 15, as four lawmakers decided to leave the Bridge soon after the election. Also, one more lawmaker from the Bridge slate left the group on Friday evening, and there are speculations that the Bridge parliamentary group might be downsized to 12 MPs.

Asked by reporters about possible developments, Karamarko said in Imotski that that the current government would not lose a parliamentary majority. I think we will that the number of MPs supporting us will increase in the coming period, the HDZ chief said.

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