President congratulates HDZ and all elected MPs, says Croatia has no time to waste

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday congratulated all elected members of Parliament and the relative election winner, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and its leader Andrej Plenkovic, noting that in consultations on government formation she would not tolerate any stalling or ultimatums that irritate the Croatian public because "Croatia has no time to waste."

"Despite individual inappropriate statements, this election campaign marks significant democratic progress given that for the most part it focused on vital problems of the Croatian people and not on divisions. However, the lower turnout for this election should be seen as a warning to all to perform the duties entrusted to them more responsibly and to restore trust in politics and politicians," the president said in an address after the State Electoral Commission announced complete results of Sunday's early parliamentary election.

She said she would begin consultations on government formation after the DIP declared the election results final and official.

"I wish to make it clear that I will not allow any stalling or ultimatums that irritate the Croatian public and that do not lead to building mutual trust as the foundation of a stable government. Croatia has no time for new political games of one-upmanship. We need a resolute, competent and forward-looking leadership that will ensure stability, development and economic growth," Grabar-Kitarovic said.

She said she believed she would soon be presented with proof of the majority support of all members of the Croatian Parliament for a new prime minister-designate, stressing again that Croatia had no time to waste.

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