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Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Wednesday that it was healthy for every democracy to have new parties and new ideas on the scene, saying that at a meeting in Brussels he had asked his Slovenian counterpart Miro Cerar how he formed a new party.

Oreskovic said this when asked if the time was right to form a grand coalition between the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), allegedly advocated by international institutions.

"I would like to know which institutions and agencies are advocating this grand coalition. I believe these are local interests. I remember my first day in parliament, those 13 hours during which the topics were unfortunately the Ustasha, communists and partisans. If the SDP and the HDZ could somehow reach an agreement I would applaud them. I would also like to add that during my visit to Brussels I met with Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar and when I asked him how he formed a new party the message was clear -- those who were already left or right of the centre were nothing new so he decided to form a new party. I believe that it is healthy for every democracy to have new parties and ideas on the scene," Oreskovic told RTL television.

Speaking of his own future on the political scene and speculation that he might join the Bridge slate of independent deputies, Oreskovic said he had not yet made a decision and was still considering his options. "Everything will be clear in due time. All options are still on the table," he added.

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