Five deputies representing national minorities on Tuesday advised President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic that they would support Bridge leader Bozo Petrov as prime minister-designate however the ethnic Italian minority representative Furio Radin added that his support was conditional while Ermina Lejak Prljaskaj representing ethnic Albanians said that she would respect the decision adopted by the majority of elected deputies in the 151-seat parliament.
Vice President of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) Milorad Pupovac on Tuesday confirmed that he would give his support to Petrov.
"In accordance with other minority MPs and in accordance with the decision by the Croatia Is Growing coalition to support Bozo Petrov as prime minister-designate, we respect that decision and will support it," Pupovac said after consultations with the President. Our support is connected with attempts to help form the government and put an end to this exhausting trend of crises in political life, he added.
Furio Radin, however, said that he had given Petrov his "very conditional support" for prime minister-designate which depended entirely on what Petrov would put in his platform relating to national minority rights, particularly the Italian minority and the regionalisation of the country. "Support does not necessarily mean that we will vote for a prime minister-designate. For that to happen, we need to get to know him, while I have never spoken to him, Radin underscored.
Asked whether he would have supported Petrov had he sided with the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition, Radin said that he probably would have. Radin said that a minimum condition was for Istria to remain a county and once Croatia is regionalised that Istria becomes a separate region.
MP Vladimir Bilek, representing the Czech and Slovak communities said: "We have decided to give Petrov an opportunity to take on the responsibility of forming a government." Bilek added that he hoped this was the last round of consultations with the President and that someone would be nominated as prime minister-designate or a new election would be announced before the end of the day. He added that if Bridge and SDP were to ask for a postponement , then that should be no longer than one week. "And then we will either attempt to constitute parliament and a government or go to a new election," he said.
The Hungarian minority MP Sandor Juhas too will support Petrov. He underscored that minority MPs were united in protecting minority interests. "We have clearly said who we will support. We support Petrov as the only realistic option," but added that no one knew what would happen before the day's end.
Veljko Kajtazi on behalf of the Roma minority too said that he would support Petrov's nomination for the PM-Designate.