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Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic on Friday welcomed the decision of the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) Main Committee to cooperate with his party in the forthcoming snap parliamentary election. 

"I welcome the HSS's decision to opt for cooperation with the SDP and for having recognised that that cooperation will provide a safe course for Croatia," Milanovic wrote on his Facebook account.

The HSS will run in the forthcoming early parliamentary election in a coalition with the SDP, the party's Main Committee decided at a meeting in Jastrebarsko on Thursday evening. The decision was made by 87 votes in favour, 13 against and five abstentions.

Milanovic said that the People's Coalition can ensure stability and conditions for growth.

"I am positive that citizens will recognise the breadth of ideas, values and programmes presented by the People's Coalition. This is a good choice for Croatia."

The SDP has reportedly offered the HSS the post of Deputy Prime Minister, the Ministry of Agriculture and four or five seats in Parliament.

The future leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party, Andrej Plenkovic, on Friday expressed regret at the HSS's decision.

"The HDZ is now the only Christian Democratic party in Croatia after the HSS has decided to run in the early election in a coalition with the SDP," Plenkovic said adding that the HSS Main Committee made the decision "due to mathematical reasons", namely the ranking of its candidates on election slates.

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