Deputy Prime Minister Bozo Petrov of the Bridge party said on Thursday that neither he nor Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic would step down and that the other Deputy Prime Minister, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko, is the only one who should resign.
Petrov called on the HDZ to line up the 76 deputies allegedly supporting it in parliament for a government reshuffle or to nominate someone else to replace Karamarko as deputy prime minister, or else a snap election will be called.
"Neither Oreskovic nor I are responsible for this situation. I personally put my head on a platter, I'm not even sure why anymore," Petrov told reporters outside the government building.
He added that the HDZ had two options - either to line up deputies in parliament to prove that it has the support of the required 76 MPs to reshuffle the government or to nominate a new First Deputy Prime Minister.
"Let them show these 76 votes or we are going to an election. Oreskovic is working in the government and I'm certain you will hear his response soon," Petrov said.