The Social Democratic Party (SDP) leadership on Sunday decided that this party would not propose a candidate for the speaker of the new 151-seat parliament which is expected to hold its inaugural meeting on Monday.
"The SDP will not propose anybody for the Sabor Speaker," SDP official Pedja Grbin told the press after today's meeting of the SDP leadership and elected MPs.
This answer ensued after media speculated that the SDP might try to prevent the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)-led "Patriotic Coalition" and the Bridge reformist party from forming a a majority in the parliament and thus of a new cabinet, by imposing secret ballot for the appointment of Parliament Speaker.
"The SDP will behave in compliance with Croatia's long-standing parliamentary practice," Grbin said, dispelling speculations about a new imbroglio in the post-election period.
He, however, declined to give a a straight answer to the question whether the SDP MPs would vote for Zeljko Reiner, the Parliament Speaker nominee proposed by the HDZ.
"You will see tomorrow at the meeting," he said.