The State Election Commission (DIP) will on Monday present its position on suspicions expressed by Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko about irregularities that allegedly affected his party during the 8 November parliamentary election.
Karamarko told reporters that Oreskovic's attendance at the forum was recognition of the selection of the prime minister-designate. He said Oreskovic's talks with ministerial candidates were going well.
The leader of the HRID party, Drago Prgomet, has said that after the Patriotic Coalition and the Bridge reformist party form a government, one can expect a conservative revolution and the adoption of retrograde laws.
He said the number of ministries had not yet been discussed with the Bridge party." Quality is essential because Croatia has no time to lose with poor personnel, so, whoever proposes good people is welcome."
We supported academician (Zeljko) Reiner as the Patriotic Coalition's candidate and now we are starting the process of forming a government headed by (Tihomir) Oreskovic and we have full confidence in his expertise and experience.
The statement ensued after the Social Democratic Party and its coalition seemed to be finalising a post-election cooperation agreement with Bridge, offering Bridge leader Bozo Petrov signatures for his nomination as PM-Designate.
Bridge is offering the formation of a government comprising representatives of Bridge and the two coalitions and non-partisan experts. All nominees would become part of the government only by consensus.
The SDP is of the view that the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) did not meet Bridge's conditions and that it had implicitly rejected the possibility of a tripartite government with Bridge and the SDP's Croatia Is Growing coalition.
Petrov said Bridge did not want a coalition with any side but to cooperate in such a way that one knew what were the responsibilities of each side in government formation and the ensuing political process.
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."
The initiative for a broad tripartite alliance the Croatia Is Growing coalition, the Patriotic Coalition and Bridge in forming a parliamentary majority and a future government is unfeasible at the moment.
"HRID's MPs in their platform did not advocate a new election and I am afraid that the attitude of some individuals in Bridge about a grand coalition could in the end lead to the election being repeated,"
Our position is that neither Mr Milanovic nor Mr Karamarko should be given the mandate to form the new government because we believe that Croatia should take a new course and this entire reform process requires a new person