Zoran Milanović press konferencija
Photograph: Vlada.hr

Croatian Prime Minister and Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Zoran Milanovic on Sunday repeated his offer to Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov to become parliament speaker, which Petrov earlier rejected, saying it was missing the point.

Milanovic said the SDP had responded to Bridge's request for written answers to reform proposals that had been discussed during recent negotiations.

"That's what Bridge requested. Engaging the best we have, which is indeed the best in Croatia, we responded, adding something too. There are no obstacles to cooperation... This isn't an offer because we aren't bargaining, but a proposal that Mr. Petrov be the parliament speaker. Naturally, if he doesn't want that, we won't nominate him, but a two-thirds majority of deputies is required to nominate the parliament speaker," Milanovic said.

He was speaking to Croatian reporters in Brussels, where he was attending an EU-Turkey summit.

Also today, SDP MP Ana Komparic-Devcic told Hina that no SDP MP had contacted Bridge MP Ines Strenja Linic, who said earlier today that the SDP, using a go-between, had offered her a position in the executive authority if she supported the SDP in the formation of the new government.

"I talked with all my colleagues who are elected deputies and none of us has personally contacted Strenja Linic. We are negotiating with Bridge as a whole and are once again calling on them, just as Prime Minister Milanovic has, to assume the responsibility for the formation of the government and parliament," said Komparic-Devcic.

Asked if somebody had contacted Strenja Linic through a go-between, Komparic-Devcic said she could not know that.

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