Bozo Petrov, leader of the Bridge party, a junior partner in the ruling coalition, and deputy prime minister, said on Friday he was ready to resign if that would help stabilise the situation in the country.
"Everything that has appeared in the media about Bridge after Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic's press conference is spin," Petrov said at an extraordinary press conference, adding that Bridge still insisted on First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko's resignation.
"Frankly speaking, I don't know why I was identified as a destabilising factor. I know my conscience is clear before the people of this country and before God," Petrov said.
Petrov said he was ready to resign as deputy prime minister if that was a condition for Croatia to move forward to a better future and if that would help stabilise the situation in the country.
"Bridge did not fight for positions and no position can come before the country," Petrov said, adding that his party would make a final decision.
"I hope that the standards which Bridge is setting will one day be accepted standards in Croatian politics and that we will be able to tell between good and bad," Petrov said.
Petrov called the extraordinary press conference after Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic called on him and Karamarko to step down for the sake of stability of the country and national interests.