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Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Zoran Milanovic on Thursday commented on his Facebook profile on the formation of the new government, claiming that the situation that had occurred in Croatia over the past few days has not been recorded in recent history and that he could not influence various pressures and insincerity from the other side of the table, which he claimed led to a deception of voters and a violation of democratic rules and standards.

"Thank you all, who over this past time stood by us and supported us and continue to support us. Over these past four years we managed to pull the country out of the crisis which today can be seen in all the figures and that is a fact. We were faced with many challenges, but we did not tire for even a day. The situation that Croatia has experienced over the past few days has not been recorded in recent history and has seriously undermined citizens' trust in the country's political system," Milanovic posted on his FB account.

He added that the SDP-led coalition ran in the parliamentary election with a "clean heart and clear results, guided by the highest democratic standards that require of the person who wishes to hold the most responsible office to have electoral legitimacy."

"On election night I had said that we were open for talks and partner cooperation, which we then showed in these negotiations. However, I could not influence the various pressures and insincerity from the other side of the table, which in the end led to the disregarding of the will of the voters, who have been deceived with this turn of events. This violates democratic rules and standards that we fought for for years and we will never give them up," SDP's leader wrote.

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