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Latvian coalition finally reaches agreement on division of ministries

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe opposition in the Saeima Praesidium may consist of Harmony and Latvian Regions Association. To Latvia from the Heart party may take up some of the parliamentary committees.

Partners of the forming government coalition have reached an agreement that the Praesidium should consist of numerically larger factions. It is possible that a member of LRA could receive the post of Saeima secretary assistant, as Unity leader Solvita Āboltiņa told journalists.

Inara Murniece from the National Alliance could take the post of Saeima Chairperson. The post of first assistant to the Saeima Chairperson could go to a representative of the Union of Greens and Farmers and the post of second assistant – to Unity’s representative. Harmony may propose its own candidate for the post of Saeima secretary.

Several parties have yet to officially announce their representatives for work in the Praesidium. It has been unofficially said, however, that Gundars Daudze from UGF and Inese Lībiņa-Egnere from Unity could become assistants to Saeima Chairperson. Andrey Klementyev from Harmony could take the post of Saeima secretary. LRA’s representative Inga Bite may become assistant Saeima Praesidium secretary.

To Latvia from the Heart could be provided charge over some of the Saeima committees, added Aboltina.

It should be added that partners of the forming coalition reached an agreement on the division of ministries this Tuesday, October 28th.

After the meeting of coalition representatives, Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma said partners had reached an agreement regarding the division of ministries in the new government.

With that, Unity could be represented in the new government by Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, Finance Minister Janis Reirs, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis and Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss. The candidate for the post of Education and Science Minister has yet to be announced.

UGF may be represented in the new government by Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs, Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis, Welfare Minister Uldis Augulis, Economy Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola and Healthcare Minister Guntis Belēvičs.

UGF may also have its own parliamentary secretary for the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry.

The National Alliance may be represented in the government by Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards, Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs, Culture Minister Dace Melnbarde. Inara Murniece may become Saeima Chairwoman.

The President will be able to announce the candidate for the post of Prime Minister after the term is up for the current government. It is possible that and emergency Saeima meeting will be held November 5th.

UGF’s Saeima faction’s leader Augusts Brigmanis has said the government will be ready next week. He added that UGF is prepared to work constructively in it. He calls the accomplished result a compromise approved by political forces.

Dzintars Raivis, leader of the National Alliance, has said this is a compromise and ‘proof of a good compromise is that everyone is slightly disappointed’.

Official talks regarding division of ministries in the new government launched shortly after elections. Nevertheless, for two weeks politicians were unable to reach an agreement on specific areas.

This Wednesday parties will meet with the President to inform him about results of government formation talks and government declaration.

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