A new political party, Let's Change Croatia (Promijenimo Hrvatsku), was founded in Zagreb on Saturday and its elected president, Ivan Lovrinovic, said its priority would be economic change.
"We have a very strong team of economic experts and a very serious economic programme," Lovrinovic said, adding that the party wanted to stop young people from fleeing the country, deal with unemployment and help to deleverage citizens and businesses.
Lovrinovic said the party would not run in the coming parliamentary election alone and that it belonged to the centre. Asked by the press if the two biggest parties, the HDZ and the SDP, were possible allies, he said they were not centre parties and that Let's Change Croatia would talk with the Croatian Peasant Party, the Social Liberals, and Human Shield, among others.
Asked how many seats the party expected to win, Lovrinovic said at least three.
He said the party would advocate science and high education, stabilising the financial system through monetary reform, economic development, changes in the tax system to stimulate small and medium enterprise, and demographic revival.
Juro Martinovic was elected vice president. The party Presidency includes Ivica Misic.
Lovrinovic, Martinovic and Misic are MPs who recently left the Bridge party.