Mood at SDP election headquarters varies according to ballot returns

Although the mood at the Social Democratic Party (SDP) election headquarters fell after the release of initial results of Sunday's parliamentary election, spirits lifted as more favourable results started coming in from the State Electoral Commission.

"The SDP has achieved a respectable result after a difficult term and now we should look for allies for Croatia's future. The campaign is over, no one won the absolute trust of citizens. This is the first time in eight years that citizens have not voted against. That is a significant political message and I would say that citizens made a democratic and responsible decision," the speaker of the outgoing parliament, Josip Leko, said.

The leader of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) and outgoing foreign minister, Vesna Pusic, said: "I expect that the result will be close in the end too, so no one can be triumphant. Obviously, the message from the voters is that whoever will be forming a government will have to do it in dialogue with the third largest political group in Croatia and that is the Bridge."

Pusic said that demands mentioned by the Bridge, an alliance of independent candidates, in their election platform were acceptable, especially those relating to a more effective and stronger reform of public administration.

The Bridge emerged third according to preliminary results from Sunday's election for the eighth parliament.

Last update: Mon, 09/11/2015 - 00:04

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