Talks under way after inconclusive elections

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) official Gordan Jandrokovic said on Wednesday that his party expected talks with MOST (Bridge) later on Wednesday or on Thursday, and that the purpose of the talks would be to define common positions and form the next government.

Unofficial results of Sunday's parliamentary vote show that, after 99.79% of ballots were counted, the Patriotic Coalition led by the HDZ won 59 seats in the 151-seat parliament, the SDP-led Croatia Is Growing coalition won 56 seats, and the Bridge alliance, the biggest surprise of the election, won 19 seats. This means that none of the coalitions has won the necessary number of seats to have an absolute majority of 76 deputies.

"We expect changes and reforms," said Jandrokovic after the HDZ presidency held a meeting in Zagreb at which it unanimously adopted a platform for the talks with Bridge and backed HDZ chief Tomislav Karamarko as a future prime minister-designate.

Jandrokovic pointed out that the HDZ and Bridge "are political options that have demanded changes and both have been in the Opposition and clearly voiced dissatisfaction with the (SDP-led) government."

He added that the party presidency underlined that the HDZ was a relative winner and that nothing should bring into question the party's election victory. "The victory is clear: 59-56."

Also on Wednesday morning, the Bridge leadership held a meeting after which Bozo Petrov and Drago Prgomet declined to give any comments, promising that they would present Bridge's positions at a news conference scheduled for 1630 hrs.

After the Bridge leadership's meeting, Petrov, Prgomet and Ivan Lovrinovic went to a Zagreb hotel for talks with the SDP. The media speculated that the SDP delegation consisted of Zoran Milanovic, Branko Grcic and the SDP's junior partners' representatives, Vesna Pusic and Boris Miletic.

Last update: Wed, 11/11/2015 - 16:07
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