Patriotic Coalition, Bridge prove to President they have majority in parliament

The centre-right Patriotic Coalition and the Bridge reformist party on Tuesday evening came to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's office with proof of 78 votes of support of elected members of Parliament, announcing an agreement would be reached on the Prime Minister-designate by Wednesday afternoon.

This was confirmed after consultations in the President's office by Patriotic Coalition leader Tomislav Karamarko and Bridge leader Bozo Petrov.

"We have proved to the President that we have a parliamentary majority and that we have 78 signatures - 63 from the Patriotic Coalition and 15 from Bridge," Karamarko told reporters after talks with Grabar-Kitarovic that lasted about 20 minutes.

He said that he had information that more elected MPs would support this parliamentary majority.

The Prime Minister-designate will be known on Wednesday afternoon, and Bridge and the Patriotic Coalition will again attend consultations in the President's office on Wednesday, said Karamarko.

"We will make an effort to nominate a non-partisan expert, which is what the entire government should be like - reform-minded and professional," Karamarko said.

Answering a reporter's question, Karamarko confirmed that he would probably not be the PM-designate but that this did not mean that he would not be in the government.

He added that the PM-designate could be a member of Bridge.

Petrov said that Bridge's position from the very beginning had been that Croatia should have a reformist government with a non-partisan PM.

"This is what we have been expecting from the beginning. Our goal is a non-partisan PM and I hope that we will decide on the matter by 6 pm tomorrow," said Petrov.

Last update: Tue, 22/12/2015 - 20:52

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