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The Kukuriku coalition (Croatian: Kukuriku koalicija) is a political alliance in Croatia formed in 2010. It consists of four centre-left and centrist parties in the Croatian Parliament: Social Democratic Party of Croatia, Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats, Istrian Democratic Assembly, and Croatian Party of Pensioners.
Their somewhat facetious name Kukuriku, meaning 'cock-a-doodle-doo', was taken from a restaurant of the same name in Kastav, where they first convened in July 2009, became well known, and eventually became the coalition's official name.
The coalition consists of four centre-left parties in Parliament:
- Social Democratic Party of Croatia led by Zoran Milanović, a social-democratic party currently with 60 of 151 seats in Parliament.
- Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats led by Vesna Pusić, a liberal party currently with 14 of 151 seats in Parliament.
- Istrian Democratic Assembly led by Ivan Jakovčić, a regional and liberal party, currently with 2 of 151 seats in Parliament.
- Croatian Party of Pensioners led by Silvano Hrelja, a single-issue party concerned with the rights of pensioners, currently with 4 of 151 seats in Parliament.
The idea of a joint party list of the main centre-left parties SDP and HNS-LD was discussed in the 2007 general election, however ultimately each party contested the election separately. The election resulted in HDZ forming the Sanader II cabinet and SDP returning to Opposition. After the resignation of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader the three parties: SDP, HNS-LD and IDS; started discussing the possibility of contesting the next general election more extensively. On November 23, 2010 the three parties along with HSU signed a declaration "Alliance for Change" officially confirming their intention of a joint appearance in the next election.
On September 15, 2011, the coalition officially presented their manifesto for the 2011 general election called "Plan 21" in Zagreb. On 4 December 2011 the Kukuriku coalition won an absolute majority in the country's parliamentary election.
- "Zašto baš 'Kukuriku koalicija'?". dnevnik.hr (in Croatian). 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
- "Kukuriku koalicija zajedno izlazi na sljedeće izbore". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- "Kukuriku koalicija: Ukinut ćemo POVLAŠTENE mirovine zastupnicima! 'Plan 21'". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
- "Program Kukuriku koalicije: Rast BDP-a od 2 do 4%, manji doprinosi, ukidanje povlaštenih mirovina" (in Croatian). SEEbiz.eu. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. "Kukuriku koalicija je savez četiriju stranaka koje zaokupljaju slične vrijednosti i kojima je zajednički cilj - probuditi hrvatske potencijale i stvoriti ekonomski stabilnu Hrvatsku u kojoj žive zadovoljni građani, opisuje se oporba te pojašnjava što je Plan 21."
- "Antunović - Pusić: Zajedno protiv HDZ-a". jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). 26 February 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- Milanović okupio opoziciju, Poslovni dnevnik
- SDP, HNS, IDS i HSU izlaze na izbore kao ‘savez za promjene’, Poslovni dnevnik