Drago Prgomet, a senior official of the "Bridge" association of independent slates, is no longer a member of its National Council because he has lost its trust, the party said in a statement on Thursday.
"Unfortunately, while the other members of the National Council and elected representatives of the Bridge continued consultations within the party, Drago Prgomet conducted personal negotiations with (Social Democratic Party leader and Prime Minister) Zoran Milanovic without the knowledge of the National Council. The National Council decided to terminate the cooperation with Drago Prgomet because he undermined its trust," the statement said.
Bridge said it no longer considered Prgomet its member, but decided that he could keep his seat in parliament regardless of whether he would act as an independent MP or would join some other political group.
Bridge said that as a political platform bringing together independent mayors and individuals through free association rather than usual party membership, it does not have a classical mechanism to expel its members, adding that their unity is maintained through mutual trust.
Because the party's homogeneity is under close public scrutiny, the National Council agreed on coordinated action to avoid any possible misunderstandings and to stop media speculations about the party's stability.
The party had appointed a four-member delegation, including Prgomet, to conduct talks with the SDP and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on post-election cooperation and the formation of government. After the talks on Wednesday, three members of the delegation returned to the party's headquarters in the evening, while Prgomet met with Milanovic in an apartment in Zagreb, as reported by the media, Bridge said.