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Miroslav Simic is the new head of the Bridge party club of deputies in the national parliament, after Ivan Kovacic resigned earlier on Thursday.

"Mr Kovacic said he would continue to support Bridge as he is one of the founders of the national platform," Simic told reporters in parliament. Kovacic will remain in the Bridge caucus but he no longer wants to chair it, Simic said.

Simic claims that Bridge deputies tried to persuade Kovacic not to withdraw from the post, but that in the end they had to respect his wishes.

Earlier today, Bridge told Hina that Kovacic, the mayor of Omis, was no longer the head of the Bridge party club of deputies in parliament.

The Slobodna Dalmacija daily reported that Kovacic resigned from his post this morning.

"On Monday, I made public my decision to terminate my cooperation with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). I believe that it is clear to everyone that having made that, I can no longer represent any other member of Parliament but myself. Which means that I can no longer be the chair of the Bridge club of deputies. Nobody has the right, including me, to make others topple the government. And another thing - please do not speculate that I made this in agreement with someone or that this is someone's spin," Kovacic told the daily.

Kovacic recently expressed outrage by the election of HDZ member Ivan Skaricic as the head of the HDZ branch in Omis, saying that it prompted him to terminate cooperation with the HDZ on the national level.

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