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Monday 21.08.2017 | Name days: Linda, Janīna

Inter-party consultations: from politic smiles to hysteria

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe first inter-party consultations have been held to shed light on which politic forces represented in the 11th Saeima could make up the government coalition. Smiles, mutual flattering and approval of similar standpoints form just the visible part of the iceberg. But what is down there in the deep and dark politic waters?

It is an honour to refuse this honour

BNN analysts want to single out two aspects. First, it is Unity approving of Zatlers Reform Party’s (ZRP) fundamental policy. As a result, all responsibility for any consequences would fall on the ex-president’s party. Edgars Jaunups, a prominent Unity member and co-chairman of its faction in Riga City Council, announced that Unity and ZRP should make up the core of the ruling coalition in the 11th Saeima. Valdis Zatlers did not object to the statement.

It seems that people line up only when power is distributed. When it comes to responsibilities, Unity is not willing to be in the lead. Following the party’s meeting on Monday, September 19, its leaders Solvita Aboltina and Valdis Dombrovskis pointed out that ZRP should take the decisive decision on the third party in the ruling coalition. Is it going to be the social democratic Harmony Center (HC) or its politic rival – the national association All for Latvia!-TB/LNNK? Unity is set to agree to any its “older brother’s” choice.

This means Aboltina-Dombrovskis team is employing a method that has already stood the test of time. The same method was successfully made use of also by Greens and farmers Union (GFU), which sails under the flag of Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs. Upon entering Dombrovskis government, the party gladly accepted approval of the Cabinet of Ministers performance, at the same time completely distancing itself from any failures. Inexperienced but still pretty ambitious ZRP’s team must have politic sense enough to consider possible consequences of such a flattering move. Or at least it seems like that at first glance.

Janis Lagzdins: Harmony Center – Lembergs’ Trojan Horse

The second key characteristic of inter-party consultations is the eagerness of losing-his-influence Lembergs to force ZRP and Unity into forming parliamentary majority with HC. Having insulted Zatlers and Dombrovskis and called HC “a nun”, GFU owner is now actively lobbying HC’s partnership in the government.

This has caught the eye of Janis Lagzdins, one of the most experienced politicians in Latvia. The former long-standing faction head of People’s Party told Rietumu radio that Zatlers should not forget that it was exactly HC and oligarchs as Lembergs, Slesers and Skele that pushed him down the president’s throne and dismissed the General Prosecutor Janis Maizitis. Zatlers aim to free the country from their influence is something quite opposite to running the state hand in hand with HC – a clear companion of oligarchs.

BNN informative sources at the Saeima and Riga City Council point out that the Latvian politic elite is taking into consideration an investigative journalism story published on our portals – Inhabitants of the capital of Latvia becoming hostages of money bags. Parties that are set to form the ruling coalition are carefully assessing the possible negative consequences of the mineral fertilizers terminal that Riga City Council has allowed to build on Kundzinsala island. The project provides handling and storing of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive substance used by terrorists. The project can pose serious danger to Riga.

Since the terminal project is being carried out by people close to Lembergs, Slesers and Skele, BNN sources assume that Ventspils Mayor’s hysteric statements can be explained with this one and only possibility to back the project on a national scale. HC taking part in the government is Lembergs last chance.

Lagzdins told Rietumu Radio that Lembergs’ reckless and unintelligent move has driven him down the edge of a politic dust heap, so he has now taken a wait-and-see position. He believes that GFU future depends on the party’s ability to shake off Lemebrgs’ influence. He calls Lembergs “the stone that is pushing the party into an abyss.”

“If GFU truly and officially got rid of Lembergs, it would actually have chances to join the coalition. As long as Lembergs is with them, they can expect only hopeless and long-term opposition,” Lagzdins said.


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  1. John says:

    That man – mayor – is a miserable politic figure. the party should have got rid of it a long time ago.

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  2. sugar says:

    Well, Unity seems to be clever enough :D

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