Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Tomislav Karamarko said on Tuesday the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition would have the support of 76 lawmakers for a new government and that he expected the Conflict of Interest Commission to hand down a "normal and equitable decision" in his case.

"We will have them and that's why we are doing this," he told reporters after a Patriotic Coalition meeting when asked if they would have 76 votes of support in the 151-seat parliament.

Asked if they would have enough votes for the impeachment of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, given that HDZ secretary-general Domagoj Milosevic said earlier that they had only 68 votes, Karamarko countered by asking, "You don't say. Did he count in front of you? How could he fall for that?"

Asked if they were negotiating with the Independent Democratic Serb Party, Karamarko said he could not say who they were negotiating with.

He went on to say that he expected a "normal and equitable decision" from the Conflict of Interest Commission tomorrow. "Which is that I wasn't nor am in any conflict of interest. I can't believe that the decision would be different because that would be grotesque."

Asked what would happen if the Commission found that he was in conflict, Karamarko said he would look for other ways to prove the truth and defend himself.

The Conflict of Interest Commission will make public its decision on Wednesday concerning allegations that Karamarko was in a conflict of interest because his wife was in a business relationship with MOL's lobbyist and consultant Jozo Petrovic.

The Commission, which is established by the parliament and which consists of independent experts, launched the procedure to establish if Karamarko was in a conflict of interest on 18 May.

Croatia and MOL, INA's two major stakeholders, are involved in two arbitration proceedings over their relations in INA.

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