HRID -  Drago Prgomet, Gordana Rusak i Irena Petrijevčanin Vuksanović.jpg
Photograph: HINA/ Damir SENČAR /ds

Leader of the People's Party - Reformists Radimir Cacic on Wednesday at the fifth round of consultations with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said that they were prepared to consider the option of supporting a non-partisan prime minister-designate, the HRID party with three elected MPs said they would not give unconditional support while the party of Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic said it would  support the Patriotic Coalition and Bridge's recommendation.

"We are open to talks in any form and if we end up in the Opposition, we will be a constructive one," said Cacic who is the only elected deputy of his party.

Asked about Tihomir Oreskovic as proposed PM-designate, Cacic said that Oreskovic was a successful manager at his best.

Cacic explained that he knew him well and that they had worked together on the construction of a new factory for the Pliva pharmaceutical company. Cacic believes that Oreskovic doesn't have any political experience and would need support from the rest however he does have political legitimacy which will be ensured by the Patriotic Coalition and Bridge. Cacic added that Oreskovic will depend on political decisions by the coalition supporting him which meant he wouldn't be independent.

HRID MP Gordana Rusak said that they could not unconditionally support the proposed PM-designate without seeing any programme, while another HRID MP Irena Petrijevcanin Vuksanovic said that they would be in the Opposition.

Confirming that he had advised the President that his party's two MPs would support Oreskovic, Bandic said that he believes Oreskovic and his team could do something for Croatia, adding that he hoped the country would one day have the same standard as the City of Zagreb.

Related stories

SDP chief says his party will be constructive Opposition

Prgomet forms new party -- HRID

Bridge MP says party supports Oreskovic

Cacic, Vulin believe new election likeliest

HRID leader: We can expect a conservative revolution

Latest news

Bomb explodes outside police officer's home in Northern Ireland

A bomb exploded outside a police officer's home in Northern Ireland on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Denmark to charge man with blasphemy over burning Koran

Danish prosecutors said Wednesday they have opened a rare blasphemy case against a man who videotaped himself burning a copy of the Koran.

South Africa to raise taxes for the wealthiest

South Africa will raise the income tax rate for the country's wealthiest to 45 per cent from 41 per cent, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced Wednesday.

French centrist leader offers conditional support to Macron

The leader of France's centrist Democratic Movement party, Francois Bayrou, said Wednesday he was willing to support reformist former economy minister Emmanuel Macron in the country's upcoming presidential election.

Amnesty International warns of nationalist rhetoric and hate speech in Croatia

Croatia continues to have problems with discrimination against ethnic minorities and with freedom of the media, while heightened nationalist rhetoric and hate speech during election time contributed to growing ethnic intolerance and insecurity in the country, global human rights watchdog Amnesty International said in its annual report on the state of human rights in the world in 2016/2017.

Official assigned to Wilders' security team held by Dutch police

A security official assigned to protect Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is being held by police on suspicion of passing along classified information about the lawmaker to a Dutch-Moroccan crime gang.

Italy's 'Red Thing' could make impact in election debut, polls show

Two polls conducted for RAI public broadcaster released Wednesday showed a new entity that split from Italy's ruling Democratic Party

Council: Nixing grants to "Novosti" would cause far-reaching implications

The Council for National Minorities, a state-level autonomous umbrella organisation for all ethnic minorities in Croatia, has stated that the cancellation of financial grants to the "Novosti", a newspaper of the ethnic Serb minority, would produce far-reaching implications and stir criticism for reduction of free speech and of freedom of expression of the most numerous ethnic minority.

Russia to build replica Reichstag for schoolchildren to storm

A military-themed park in a suburb of Moscow will soon install a replica of Berlin's Reichstag for Russian schoolchildren to storm, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

Alitalia strike set for Thursday, hundreds of flights cancelled

Employees of Italy's loss-making airline Alitalia will go on strike Thursday, air transport unions confirmed, after government talks with both sides failed to break the deadlock.

EU calls on Germany to reduce large current account surplus

The European Commission on Wednesday called on Germany, the bloc's biggest economy, to reduce its large current account surplus and focus on boosting domestic consumption.

Germans' demand for Croatian destinations on steady rise

Bookings for Croatia's destinations in some regions of Bavaria have been rising and some statistics show a 30% increase year-on-year, according to the preliminary information from the "f.re.e." fair for leisure and travel, which opened in Munich on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.