(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) The political deadlock in Croatia should finally be resolved on Monday when the prime minister-designate will be named according to key negotiating political parties.
Following weeks of negotiationson forming a future national unity government and agreeing a prime minister-designate the centre-left bloc Croatia Grows led by the Social Democratic Party SDP and new party the Bridge of the Independent Lists MOST will announce the name of the prime minister-designate.
The SDP coalition wants MOST president Bozo Petrov to be named prime minister-designate which corresponds with unofficial reports published by local media said to have come from MOST party sources.
The centre-right Patriotic Coalition led by the Croatian Democratic Union HDZ withdrew from negotiations on Saturday. HDZ’s president Tomislav Karamarko declined to return to the negotiating table on Sunday saying that “there is a line beyond which we won’t go”.
Nevertheless HDZ’s presidency will meet on Monday at noon to pass an official decision on whether to back the nomination before the deadline for joining the talks again set by MOST at 4pm local time on Monday.
MOST has tried to speed up the process of agreement a prime minister-designate since the name has to be given to Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic who will hold on Tuesday the fourth and last round of consultations on forming the government.
General elections in November resulted in a deadlock with Croatia Grows winning 56 of the 151 seats and the Patriotic Coalition winning 59.
MOST won19 seats which has since fallen to 15 however after some members left or were expelled from the party.
At a first joint meeting in Zagreb on December 7 between all three sides MOST announced its two key proposals: the formation of a national unity government and a non-party prime minister.
Although Croatia Grows refused both proposals at first on Wednesday acting Prime Minister and SDP's president Zoran Milanovic saidthat the coalition agrees with the terms.