Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Tuesday decided to schedule a new, fourth round of consultations with elected parliamentary deputies for 22 December, after yet another inconclusive round of consultations with independents, parties and coalitions that won seats in the 151-seat legislature in the November 8 election.
"Time is running out. I will not allow any procrastination causing unforeseeable negative consequences for the stability of the country. Therefore, I will hold the fourth round of consultations in the morning of 22 December," the head of state said in her address to the nation after she held talks with elected deputies on Monday and Tuesday.
She said that in her capacity as the elected president, she was obliged to safeguard the Constitution and democratic values.
"Therefore I will not let anyone play games with our country."
The president said that none had yet secured the necessary majority support of 76 elected deputies in the parliament to be nominated Prime Minister-Designate.
She recalled that the third round of consultations had commenced on Monday with a joint meeting of the two major blocs -- the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) -- led Patriotic Coalition and the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-run Croatia is Growing coalition -- that together have 115 elected deputies, and she explained that she had arranged this meeting in a bid to help them find things in common.
"Unfortunately, it seems there is no room for agreement and that there is no togetherness which we need so much now," the president said, explaining that the togetherness would not mean political monism, but would show that major blocs have enough responsibility to overcome their differences to the benefit of the state.
"Croatia needs responsibility, humbleness and common sense," she said, voicing hope that a new cabinet would be formed in the coming days.