VIDEO | Andonovic: HDZ won the parliamentary elections in Croatia, but it cannot form a government by itself

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The preliminary results of yesterday's parliamentary elections in Croatia indicate that the ruling HDZ won 61 out of a possible 151 seats in the Parliament, and the SDP 42 mandates, which means that neither one nor the other has the necessary majority of 76 mandates to form a government.

Other parties, from the nationalist right to the green left, won a significant number of parliamentary seats, which means that a period of political trade is coming.

It is no surprise that HDZ, given its network and organization, has remained the strongest political party in Croatia. But the number of votes won in this election is significantly lower than the previous election process in 2020 – and significantly lower than the 76 mandates required for a majority in Parliament.

On the other hand, the current president Zoran Milanović, who was previously banned by the Constitutional Court from being on the election list, cannot be satisfied that his SDP did not win more mandates.

Otherwise, the turnout was estimated at 60 percent of over 3,7 million voters who chose the deputies who will represent them in the Croatian Parliament in the next four years.

The Prime Minister of Croatia and the President of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Andrej Plenkovic, announced that from today he will start talks on forming a new parliamentary majority in order to form the third HDZ government.

- HDZ convincingly won the parliamentary elections for the third time in a row, said Plenkovic at the election headquarters of HDZ in Zagreb after the elections.

Plenkovic assessed that the opposition Social Democratic Party does not deserve to form a government, but it should be done by the HDZ as the winner of the elections.

On the other hand, the president of the largest opposition party SDP, Pedja Grbin, announced that from today he will start talks about a possible post-election coalition with the parties that announced that they will not form a coalition with HDZ.

- The election results are not what we wanted, but they showed that the citizens of Croatia want changes and that they are not satisfied with what is happening in Croatia, said Grbin at the election headquarters of the SDP in Zagreb.

Grbin said that Croatia has days, weeks and maybe even months of talks to form a government.

- Those talks will end well, with a change that will make Croatia a better country, a country without corruption that takes care of its people, Grbin said.

The SDP's candidate for prime minister is the president of Croatia, Zoran Milanović, a former leader of that party. He was not on the list of the SDP, because the Constitutional Court forbade him to do so, given that he had not previously resigned from the position of President of the State.

By the way, in the parliamentary elections held yesterday, the ruling HDZ won the largest number of mandates for the Croatian Parliament, 61, and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) 42 mandates. The formation of a government requires the support of at least 76 out of a total of 151 MPs in the Parliament.

61,99 percent of voters voted in the elections, and about 3,7 million people had the right to vote, which is 127.000 less than four years ago.

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