Elected parliamentary deputies representing ethnic minorities met in the parliament on Monday, with the representative of the Italian minority, Furio Radin, saying afterwards that they were "generally inclined" to support the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led Croatia Is Growing coalition in forming a parliamentary majority and government, and that a decision on whether they would confirm their support with signatures would be made after some of the minority MPs consulted with associations that had nominated them.
Radin told reporters that the meeting was attended by all minority MPs, including the two whose terms were confirmed only after elections were repeated at seven polling stations on Sunday.
"The general inclination is to support the Croatia Is Growing coalition, and as for the signatures, we will have to wait for the MPs nominated by associations of ethnic minorities to consult with those associations," Radin said.
The leader of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, said that minority MPs would agree by the end of the week whether to support also with their signatures the political group they favoured.
He said that the SDSS bodies had already made their decisions but that those decisions would have to be adjusted to those of other minority MPs. "Our position is to act as a single club of deputies with the other minority MPs and we will stick by that."
Asked if the SDSS intended to participate in the new government or would only support an SDP-led government, Pupovac said, "It is much more important at the moment what orientation that government will have than whether the SDSS will participate in it and how." "We want to increase the participation of ethnic minorities in Croatia's political life," he added.
Pupovac dismissed reports in some media that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was pressuring the SDSS into supporting a government that would be led by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).
Radin said that minority MPs would publish by the end of the week their joint positions regarding issues concerning ethnic minorities, promotion of inter-ethnic tolerance and the rule of law.