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 Zoran Milanovic, the president of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) that leads the Croatia Is Growing coalition, on Monday evening offered signatures of the coalition to Bridge leader Bozo Petrov for his possible nomination as the Prime Minister-Designate by President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic who will hold the fourth round of the talks on Tuesday in the process of nomination of a candidate for PM-Designate who must then win a vote of approval in the hung parliament.

According to unofficial sources, during Monday's negotiations on a future government between the SDP-led coalition and the Bridge reformist party, that emerged third in the November 8 parliamentary election, Milanovic said that elected deputies from the SDP and its partners were ready immediately to give their signatures for Petrov's candidacy for the PM-Designate, however, sources from Bridge said that this party would not make such a decision in a hasty manner and explained that the decision to this effect must be confirmed by the Bridge National Council and 15 elected deputies.

The negotiations between the Croatia Is Growing coalition and Bridge on  a majority in the 151-seat parliament and on forming a new cabinet are due to continue on Tuesday immediately after the President's consultations with elected parliamentary deputies, scheduled between 9 am and 12.30 pm.

After the third round of the consultations on 15 December, which  ended inconclusively, President Grabar-Kitarovic said that the time was running out.

"I will not allow any procrastination causing unforeseeable negative consequences for the stability of the country. Therefore, I will hold the fourth round of consultations in the morning of 22 December," the head of state said in her address to the nation after she held talks with elected deputies.

She said that in her capacity as the elected president, she was obliged to safeguard the Constitution and democratic values. "Therefore I will not let anyone play games with our country."

The president said then that none had yet secured the necessary majority support of 76 elected deputies in the parliament to be nominated Prime Minister-Designate.

"Croatia needs responsibility, humbleness and common sense," she said in her address, voicing hope that a new cabinet would be formed in the coming days.

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