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Elected representatives of ethnic minorities in the Croatian parliament met with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday as part of consultations on the formation of a new government, confirming their earlier positions on whom they would support in forming the government.

Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj, who represents the Albanian minority in the new parliament, said that she had not decided yet which coalition she would support, stressing that the minority MPs should "join the majority". The other minority lawmakers reaffirmed their support to the centre-left Croatia Is Growing coalition and Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic as prime minister-designate.

Milorad Pupovac of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) said that his party stood by its earlier position. "We give our support to the Croatia Is Growing coalition and Mr Milanovic as prime minister-designate," he added.

When asked if they were also willing to support the centre-right Patriotic Coalition, led by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), given that he had told so to Serbian media at the weekend, Pupovac said that this was a well-known possibility, but that the HDZ was making it less likely by the day with its actions.

"Some media tend to make news out of words, but that's no news, that's our old position which we talked about even before the elections.  However, (the HDZ), notably its leadership, is making that possibility less likely by the day with its actions towards the SDSS and with its actions in the political space," Pupovac said.

Italian minority MP Furio Radin also confirmed his support for the SDP-led coalition, but noted that it remained unknown what would happen between the Bridge reformist party and the two coalitions after their meeting scheduled for noon today. "In the highly unlikely case of a tripartite coalition, the minorities should get acquainted with Bridge because we have had no contact with them. We should get acquainted with this third partner to see what their possible reforms are with regard to the ethnic minorities," he said and added: "It is possible to form a government without the minorities, but not a stable government."

Veljko Kajtazi, who represents the Roma and 11 other minorities, said briefly that he supported the centre-left coalition.

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