President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said after Sunday's parliamentary election she was confident that very soon Croatia would have a prime minister-designate and a stable government that would work for the benefit of all citizens, congratulating the Patriotic Coalition led by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) as a relative winner of the election.
"I am confident that in the near future Croatia will have a stable government that will be working for the benefit of the country and all its citizens," Grabar-Kitarovic said in her office after the release of preliminary election results.
Under the constitution, the President gives a mandate to form a government to a person who, based on the division of seats in the national parliament and after consultations, enjoys the trust of a majority of all members of parliament.
"After consultations, I believe we will soon have a new prime minister-designate," the president said.
Grabar-Kitarovic appealed to all participants in the consultations to show unity and take into account the benefit of Croatia and its citizens.
She called on all elected members of the new parliament to respect the wishes of people who had voted for them and to put the interests of the state and people before the interests of their parties or any other interests.
"We should leave behind the election campaign, any divisions, any harsh or rude words that were said in the campaign. We should concentrate on the interests of the state and citizens, on the fact that we all have the responsibility and duty to continue leading Croatia out of the crisis and to a better life," Grabar-Kitarovic said.
She said that the voting had passed without incident and praised the citizens for showing that Croatia was a mature democracy.