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Marijana Petir
Photograph: FaH/ Lana SLIVAR DOMINIĆ/ lsd

MEP Marijana Petir of the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) on Monday supported the invitation of Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief Andrej Plenkovic to the HSS to "return to its family", namely to join the parliamentary majority led by the HDZ, and accused HSS president Kreso Beljak of destroying the party.

Petir told reporters in Zagreb she was in favour of the HSS deputies leaving the SDP-led People's Coalition and form a coalition with the HDZ, stressing that HSS deputies were already cooperating with the HDZ within the European People's Party (EPP) and that after losing the early parliamentary election on 11 September, the People's Coalition no longer existed.

"Everybody knows that the HDZ approached us with the same proposal as the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and that Beljak and his irresponsibility led the party from the victorious to the loser's camp, otherwise, the party would have been a party in the executive government today and not have only five seats in parliament.

She called on the five HSS MPs to choose the party's well-being over Beljak's dictatorship, claiming the Beljak was clearly sent to the HSS to dissolve and destroy the party.

Asked if two HSS MPs would reach and agreement with the HDZ, as speculated by the media, Petir said she had no information about that adding, however, it was logical for HSS deputies to communicate with the HDZ.

HSS leader Beljak has recently suspended about 100 party members for "obstructing the parliamentary election", including the HSS member of the European Parliament Petir and other high-ranking officials. In the meantime the number of suspended memebrs has been reduced to a few tens.

Petir demanded that the suspensions be revoked and that Beljak resigns.

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