According to the unofficial results from Sunday’s parliamentary elections, citizens handed the center-right HDZ a convincing win over their biggest rivals, the SDP-led pre-election coalition that gathered a number of center-left political parties under the campaign slogan "A Restart for Croatia."
The HDZ will have 66 seats in the 151 seat Sabor. The SDP Restart coalition is a distant second with 41 mandates. The Homeland Movement, led by singer Miroslav Škoro, finished third with 16 mandates, while MOST is fourth with eight seats in parliament. Upstarts Možemo surprised pundits by securing seven seats, while the Reformists and the People's Party managed only mandate each. The remaining eight seats are guaranteed in the constitution to minorities.
The HDZ are already in negotiations with other political groups and say they already have the 76 votes necessary to for a new government. Speaking ahead of today's meeting of the HDZ's presidency and National Council, party president Andrej Plenković said that he has already spoken with all of the national minority representatives and the People's Party and Reformists.
“The good thing is that in all of these talks we have seen a desire to continue our cooperation from the previous parliamentary majority. The all have to go through the procedure now in the party's or voting bases, so obviously today was not a fixed agreement on the future parliamentary majority, but the commitment exists. Whatever the case 76 signatures are guaranteed,” Plenković told reporters.
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