Bridge of Independent Lists
|Vice President||Nikola Grmoja|
|Founded||17 November 2012|
|Political position||Centre to Centre-right|
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The Bridge of Independent Lists (Croatian: Most nezavisnih lista, Most) is a party platform in Croatia founded in 2012. The party is led by Božo Petrov, its founder and the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament.
In 2013, the Bridge of Independent Lists participated in the local elections in the town of Metković. The party won 46.25% of votes, and 9 out of 17 seats in the City Council. Božo Petrov won 45.78% of the votes and entered the second round of elections for the Mayor against Stipe Gabrić Jambo, incumbent mayor since 1997. In the second round Petrov won with 67.94% of the votes and became the mayor of Metković. At the same election, Bridge of Independent Lists won 9.97% of the vote in county elections and entered the County Assembly of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
2015 parliamentary elections
For the 2015 parliamentary election the party went national and was joined by independent local politicians from other parts of the country.
The party campaigned for fiscal responsibility, reduction of government spending and public debt, tax cuts, reforms in the public sector and the reduction of administrative divisions in Croatia. The party supported an expansionary monetary policy and monetary reforms that would include the Croatian National Bank introducing a low interest policy to foster economic growth.
The party won 19 seats in the Croatian Parliament and came third behind the ruling centre-left Croatia is Growing coalition, led by the Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP), and the centre-right opposition Patriotic Coalition, led by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). Four MPs left Most in the aftermath of the election. When the 8th Parliament assembly was formed, Most had 15 MPs.
Government of Tihomir Orešković
After more than 40 days of negotiations and numerous turnarounds, Most decided to form a government with the Patriotic Coalition, giving them a slim majority of 78 seats. They nominated the Croatian-Canadian businessman Tihomir Orešković to be the next Prime Minister of Croatia. The government cabinet was formed on 22 January 2016 and party president Božo Petrov was named Deputy Prime Minister, together with HDZ's president Tomislav Karamarko. Along with Petrov, six ministers in the new government were proposed by Most: Interior, Justice, Administration, Economy, Agriculture and Environment.
The new government was marked by strained relations between Most and the Patriotic Coalition, particularly over the INA, Croatia's national oil company, and the Ministry of the Interior. Several legislative proposals by the party were rejected by HDZ, including an amendment for reducing benefits of MPS, and the adoption of a new waste management plan.
In May 2016 Most called for Karamarko's resignation over a conflict of interest, which the latter refused to do. After Orešković also requested his resignation, a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister was initiated by HDZ. Three MPs of Most sided with HDZ and later formed their own party. 125 MPs voted in favour, 15 voted against, and 2 abstained. Both the HDZ and most of the opposition voted in favour, while Most voted against.
The following is a summary of the party's results in legislative elections for the Croatian parliament.
|Election||In coalition with||Votes won||Percentage||Total seats won||Change||Government|
|November 2015||None||303,564||13.17% (#3)||
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|September 2016||None||187,282||9.91% (#3)||
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