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the preservation of the incumbent government, led by Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, or a new parliamentary election, and he urged the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) presidency to show responsibility toward Croatian citizens.

"We (in the Bridge party) haven't changed our stance and for us there are only two possible options - either a government with Oreskovic at its helm or a new election. I am prepared to resign, (as deputy prime minister) should HDZ request that as a price for Oreskovic to stay," Petrov told a press conference adding that Bridge members were not interested in positions.

Asked whether Bridge lawmakers would support SDP leader Zoran Milanovic's motion to dissolve parliament, in the scenatio that the HDZ doesn't withdraw its motion to impeach the prime minister, Petrov said that all 12 Bridge deputies have "defined their signatures," should the party's National Council make such a decision.

Petrov called on the HDZ to show responsibility toward Croatian citizens.

"I appeal for wisdom and responsibility of all members in the HDZ Presidency and partners in the Patriotic Coalition and then all deputies in parliament to show that they care for Croatian citizens who have the perception that the government is not doing its job. That is because from the start this government was not given a proper chance," Petrov said.

He added that he would not like anyone to privatise any party.

"There is still 24 hours and I hope that wisdom and responsibility will prevail," he said alluding to the situation in the HDZ.

"Certain individuals in my opinion, do not represent the stance and opinions of HDZ. They made some hasty moves and they are faced with the responsibility of whether this government will be given a proper opportunity or whether we will go to an early election," Petrov said.

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