Representatives of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Croatian People's Party (HNS) and the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) on Wednesday attended separate consultations at the Office of the President on support for a prime minister-designate.
SDP vice-president Milanka Opacic said after the consultations that the SDP would be an opposition party and promote social democratic values and what its voters had given it votes to do.
"We have a duty to advocate (our voters') positions and control those who will have a majority in the parliament and form the new government," Opacic told reporters after the consultations.
She expressed a wish for the new government to be stable, noting that a lot of time had already been lost and that it was high time to start dealing with accumulated problems.
Ivan Vrdoljak, leader of the HNS, one of the SDP's partners in the former People's Coalition, said after the consultations that his party expected the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and Bridge to form a government, demonstrate responsibility and not delay their negotiations.
He stressed that the HNS would be a stable alternative to the HDZ-Bridge government, answering negatively when asked by a reporter if there had been any talks between the HNS and the HDZ on the HNS's support to HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic as prime minister-designate.
Kresimir Beljak, leader of the HSS, another party of the former SDP-led People's Coalition, said that he confirmed to President Grabar-Kitarovic that the HSS would be an opposition party.
"We will not allow attempts to shift onto the HSS the burden of certain developments in society or internal wars in other parties through different interpretations of decisions by the HSS bodies. Our support to a government led by (Andrej) Plenkovic, if such a government is formed, will be support in principle and will last 100 days. The HSS remains an opposition party. There are no conditions and no talks. We did not hold any negotiations with the HDZ unlike some of the others," Beljak told reporters.
He would not specify who he was referring to, saying only that he was not referring to the HNS.