Elections

Croatian Serb leader prefers coalition with HDZ to one with SDP

  • Autor: Radio.net
  • Zadnja izmjena 28.11.2011 13:21
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Milorad Pupovac i Vojislav Stanimirović

Milorad Pupovac i Vojislav Stanimirović

Izvor: Pixsell / Autor: Anto Magzan/PIXSELL

The Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) president, Vojislav Stanimirovic, has said that his party is more inclined to forming a coalition with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) than with the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

"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.

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