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Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic has said that he would like to see congratulations being sent in a decent manner "to those who were better in the (election) race" rather than talk about forming a grand coalition which he once again ruled out.

"It is up to us to be consolidated and bring stability to Croatian state and institutions, as a prerequisite for economic growth," the HDZ chief told reporters while arriving at the HDZ main offices on Monday for a meeting of the party's leadership a day after returns from the polling stations showed that the HDZ is in the clear lead in the early parliamentary election.

Asked about a possibility of a grand coalition between the HDZ and its main rival, the Social Democratic Party (SDP), as mentioned by the SDP chief Zoran Milanovic, Plenkovic said that it would be decent of Milanovic to congratulate those who were better in the race and later advocate a great coalition.

HDZ official Drago Prgomet said on Monday that the outcome of the HDZ in the election was "victorious" and the HDZ "stands a good chance of forming a new government".

In the meantime, Social Democratic Party (SDP) vice president Ranko Ostojic on his Facebook wall congratulated the HDZ on the election victory.

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