Croatian Serb leader prefers coalition with HDZ to one with SDP
Milorad Pupovac i Vojislav Stanimirović
Izvor: Pixsell / Autor: Anto Magzan/PIXSELL
"The HDZ has both the responsibility and the capacity to solve Serb issues, while the SDP has neither," Stanimirovic said in an interview with the Banja Luka-based newspaper Nezavisne Novine of Monday.
Stanimirovic, who is on the SDSS slate for the next parliament, said that his party had had a negative experience with the SDP while the SDP-led coalition was in power from 2000 to 2003.
He said that the SDSS did not need to be in a future ruling coalition in Croatia at all costs.
"If we consider it in our interest that the future ruling coalition should help us implement our programmes we will enter into a coalition with them (the SDP). If not, we will be a fierce opposition," the SDSS leader said.
He called on Serb refugees who had left Croatia for Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1991-1995 war to vote in the December 4 election for the Croatian parliament, adding that their large-scale turnout was imperative to improve the status of the Serb minority in Croatia.
- vojislav stanimirović
- Social Democratic Party (SDP)
- Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)
- Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS)