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Six out of the eight elected parliamentary deputies representing ethnic minorities confirmed at the third round of consultations with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Tuesday that they supported the Croatia is Growing coalition led by the Social Democratic Party in its efforts to form the next government.

Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) Vice-President Milorad Pupovac informed the head of state that they had not changed their mind and that they were now waiting for the  outcome of the ongoing negotiations led by the two major blocs -- the SDP-led coalition and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)-led coalition -- with the Bridge reformist party, that emerged third in the last election.

Pupovac said after the consultations that it was Bridge that held keys to solving the political crisis.

Pupovac said that those six elected deputies representing national minorities found it important to see a stable majority forming a government and he pointed out that it was important that the future majority had no hidden agendas.

The elected representative of the Italian minority, Furio Radin, told reproters after the consultation that he had told the President that "time is nearing when a new (parliamentary) election may be needed."

Asked by reporters what would happen if the HDZ-led coalition and Bridge formed the new government, the ethnic Roma deputy, Veljko Kajtazi, told the press that he would give his answer to that question on another occasion.

The elected deputies of the Czech and Slovak minorities and of the Hungarian minority, Vladimir Bilek and Sandor Juhas respectively, said they stood by their decision on the preliminary support to the SDP-led coalition.

However, the ethnic Albanians' elected deputy, Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj, told the press that she would give her support only to the bloc that would manage to secure the backing from a majority of MPs in the 151-seat legislature.

The eighth ethnic minority MP, Mirko Raskovic, who was elected on the SDSS slate as one of its three deputies, has broken away from the SDSS after deciding not to support the SDP-led coalition.

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