Croatian premier, president meet on government crisis

Croatia's president and prime minister have met to discuss a political deadlock that has raised prospects of early elections just months after the government was formed.

No details have been revealed from the meeting Monday between Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Croatian state TV says the president has also met with Parliament speaker Zeljko Reiner.

The crisis was caused by a dispute between the two parties in the ruling coalition, which both have a deputy prime minister. Junior partner, the Most group, has joined opposition demands for the ouster of the deputy prime minister from its ruling partner the Croatian Democratic Union.

Oreskovic, an independent financial expert, has urged both his deputies to resign saying a snap vote would hamper reform in the EU's newest state.