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Deputy Prime Minister and chief of the Bridge party Bozo Petrov told Nova TV commercial television on Tuesday evening that the government was working, investors were arriving and ministries were intensively cooperating, dismissing claims about a blockade in the work of the government allegedly caused by disagreements.

Petrov said he expected the results of the government's work to be visible in six months.

Asked to comment on First Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief Tomislav Karamarko's statement that the prime minister (Tihomir Oreskovic) "still enjoys the support of the HDZ as the strongest parliamentary party" but if Oreskovic were to lose the support he would no longer be prime minister, Pertrov said he was happy that they agree that Oreskovic enjoyed support.

"We have chosen a person with very good qualities and he is demonstrating that every day," Petrov said, expressing satisfaction with the fact that the prime minister and the president of the republic were in an agreement,

Petrov sasid he did not see Karamarko's statement as a threat. "I don't think that Karamarko wants to topple the government, maybe he feels hurt, but that was the decision made by the prime minister and the president," Petrov said referring to the proposed appointment of the head of the Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA). After Oreskovic decided to officially nominate his own candidate for the position of SOA chief, Karamarko said the proposed candidate was not his choice.

Asked which side would his Bridge party take should Karamarko and Oreskovic decide to go their separate ways, Petrov said Bridge was always on the side of the government and reform implementation. "I watch the government's back," Petrov said.

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