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Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic on Thursday declined comment on the latest developments in the coalition of independent slates MOST (Bridge) and the expulsion of Drago Prgomet from Bridge, saying that he did not want to compromise further negotiations.

"I can't comment on that," Milanovic said in Valletta, Malta, where he was attending an EU summit on the migrant crisis.

The Bridge National Council on Thursday expelled Prgomet after learning that he had conducted private negotiations with Milanovic.

In the parliamentary elections on November 8, Bridge won 19 seats in the parliament and without it neither the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led coalition nor the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)-led coalition, which won 56 and 59 seats respectively, can form a parliamentary majority.

Bridge on Wednesday called for forming a government of national unity comprising the SDP-led coalition, the HDZ-led coalition and Bridge.

Milanovic said that he and Prgomet had discussed "Croatia's present and future."

"I won't comment because I don't want to compromise the negotiations. Everything is proceeding normally. We are the relative winner of the elections, our government's slate and that of our partners have won a majority of votes but that is not enough because we need 76 signatures. We are probably a lot closer to it than the HDZ and I will say no more."

Asked what he had offered Prgomet, Milanovic said: "Nothing, we talked about Croatia's future."

"We have a lot of compatible, close views. I hope that the sense of responsibility for Croatia will prevail," Milanovic said.

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