Davor Bernardić announces he is stepping down (Photo: Marko Lukunic/PIXSELL) Davor Bernardić announces he is stepping down (Photo: Marko Lukunic/PIXSELL)

The SDP and their allies in the Restart Coalition finished with only 41 seats in the next parliament, winning 25 fewer seats that the HDZ.

After meeting with other party leaders, Bernardić announced the SDP would hold party elections as soon as possible, perhaps as early as next week, and firmly stated he would not run for re-election.

”We are aware of our responsibility, and we are not shying away from it. The people have decided. Turnout, was what it was. I do not blame anyone, in fact I'm assuming responsibility, and right now that's the most important thing. The SDP will go forward, so you can count on us,” he told a news conference.

Until the intra-party election, Zlatko Komadina will serve as acting party president.