The leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Croatia Is Growing coalition, Zoran Milanovic, on Tuesday denied claims by Bridge leader Bozo Petrov that in the last few days the SDP had been trying to persuade Bridge's elected parliamentary deputies to support Milanovic as prime minister-designate in case the negotiations on the formation of the new government fell through, saying that the accusations made no sense because the SDP had agreed to all of Bridge's demands.
Speaking at a press conference, Milanovic said that during their negotiations on Monday evening the SDP and Bridge had agreed on almost all points, adding that the SDP had agreed that Petrov would be the prime minister and Bridge would be in charge of seven ministries and several other institutions, including the central bank and the state property management office.
"We agreed to everything and now the logical question is: who would have we called in the first place and what would we have offered them?" Milanovic said. He added that the SDP had offered Bridge its sincere support, including the signatures of all the people who supported Milanovic as the next prime minister.
When asked what he expected next, Milanovic said that now everything was up to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. "Now it's up to the President to show if she is statesmanlike. I hope that she is and that she won't allow I don't know what sort of methods to prevail," he said, adding that he was confident that "the HDZ is now carrying out its police-intelligence operation."