Conservatives to return to power in Croatia after securing deal with election kingmakers

Croatia's opposition conservatives and a small pro-reform party have reached an agreement to form a new government, ending weeks of uncertainty after last month's inconclusive parliamentary elections.

The Croatian Democratic Union and the Most party agreed Wednesday to nominate Tihomir Oreskovic, a non-partisan candidate, as the prime minister designate. They said earlier they have secured 78 votes together in Croatia's 151-seat parliament.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is to formally announce the nomination later Wednesday.

The country's Nov. 8 election was inconclusive, with opposition right-wing and ruling left-wing coalitions winning 59 and 56 seats respectively in the assembly. The newly formed Most party, meaning bridge in English, became kingmaker after winning 19 seats.

Most has negotiated with both coalitions, ultimately choosing to form a new government with the right-wing bloc.