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Croatia's new prime minister-designate is a business manager with no political experience, foreign news agencies said on Wednesday, reporting on the end of weeks-long negotiations on the formation of a new government after a November 8 parliamentary election.

After being nominated to form the new government, "Tihomir Oreskovic will return to Croatia from abroad," Slovenia's STA said, adding that he was a "non-partisan man without political experience." STA said Oreskovic studied and worked in Canada and the Teva drugs company, which acquired Croatia's Pliva in 2008, when he arrived in Croatia. STA said Oreskovic was a father of four but that he did not speak Croatian well.

Germany's dpa said "Oreskovic (49) is unknown to the wider public." Summarising the negotiations on the new government, the agency said that an "agreement with the Bridge party returns the HDZ to power" and that Bridge leader "initially put forward an ambitious reform programme... It's unclear for now which of the reforms wanted by Bridge will be transferred to the government programme because the HDZ previously objected to many proposals."

Reuters reported that Bridge, "made up of municipal politicians and independents, insisted on a technocrat prime minister as a guarantor of reformist intentions on fiscal management and the economy."

The coalition agreement is a victory for Bridge leader Bozo Petrov, said Bloomberg. "The election result, which put Bridge behind the HDZ and the Social Democrats, allowed the three-year-old party to play a key role in the formation of the new government as the two larger parties failed to win a majority."

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