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The Social Democratic Party (Hina) is confident that by the start of next week it will have the support of a majority of deputies elected to the Croatian parliament necessary to be in a position to elect a new parliament speaker and according to unofficial sources, possible candidates for that positions are incumbent speaker Josip Leko of the SDP and the president of the newly formed HRID party, Drago Prgomet.

The SDP said that Prgomet's possible nomination for the position was in no way directed against Leko, adding that the party was considering nominating Prgomet exclusively because it is confident that it would be much easier to gain the support of MPs for a candidate who is not from SDP's ranks.

SDP chief Zoran Milanovic held intensive talks in recent days in an effort to win the support of a sufficient number of deputies to be able to constitute parliament and the SDP claims it is a heartbeat away from the necessary majority and for now they are counting on at least 72 seats in parliament.

At the first round of consultations in the President's Office, Milanovic presented the signatures of 66 deputies. In the mean time, former Bridge member Stipe Petrina has announced his support to the SDP. The SDP is also counting on the support of three deputies from Prgomet's HRID party and two deputies from the regional HDSSB party.

Ivan Vilibor Sincic of the Zivi Zid (Human Shield) party said he was prepared to support a quality candidate who is neither a member of the SDP or the HDZ. If the SDP-lead coalition manages to gain the support of the deputy representing the Albanian minority, Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj, and two deputies from Milan Bandic's party, it would not require the support of the Bridge party.

Although the inauguration of parliament does not necessarily mean that they have a sufficient number of deputies to form the government, the SDP said that the successful appointment of a candidate nominated by the Croatia Is Growing coalition would at this moment bring a significant psychological advantage to the SDP.

The first attempt to inaugurate the parliament on 3 December failed after the only candidate for the position of parliament speaker, Robert Podolnjak of the Bridge Party declined the nomination.

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