Petrina says will back SDP coalition because it’s closer to majority


tipe Petrina, an elected deputy on a list proposed by the Bridge party, said on Monday that during his consultations in the morning with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on the future Croatian government he had informed her that he would most likely support the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led coalition, as “this coalition is closer to securing a majority”, while Ivan Vilibor Sincic, the only elected deputy of the Human Shield party, said that he would support neither bloc.

The consultations are going on on who would form a majority in the new 151-seat parliament after an inconclusive election on November 8.

“I have told the President that I will support those who have secured 75 seats, in the event that my vote is crucial. As for the prime minister-designate, we will see. As things now stand, we will support the (SDP-led) “Croatia is Growing” coalition, because it is closer to securing a majority,” said Petrina, who recently left the Bridge bloc.

Asked by reporters why he said “we” although he was alone at the consultations, Petrina said that he was referring to “the coalition of parties whose representative I am”.

After the consultations, Sincic reiterated that his party persisted in the position that it would not give its support to either coalition.