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Latvian coalition partners allow for possible government change

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEven though all current coalition partners say they are not interested in government change, politicians allow for the possibility unofficially, adding that there will not likely be any changes in the coming month.

The largest tension among coalition partners is caused by the decision in regard to the resettlement of 250 refugees in Latvia.

The National Alliance had previously expressed its protest against resettling refugees in Latvia. Now the party considers turning to the Constitutional Court with this matter. This step has caused a sharp reaction from Unity. The Union of Greens and Farmers currently tries not to get involved in the conflict, saying that Unity should address the problem.

Unofficially, politicians consider the possibility of a change of government differently – some say there is a high possibility of that and others say the chances are insignificantly small.

Unity leader Solvita Aboltina has said that the matter of government change is not on the agenda, and partners of the coalition have their hands full working on the next year’s budget. Commenting on the information that was voiced in the public, Aboltina emphasized that she has not had any talks with representatives of Latvian Regional Alliance or To Latvia from The Heart in regard to their possible inclusion in the coalition.

At the same time, speaking of a theoretical possibility of government change, Aboltina said in that case there would be political talks with all parties except for Harmony, which remains an outsider for the coalition. This means that if there was a government change, it would not be as simple as technical replacement of faces in the government.

UGF board member Edgars Tavars denies holding any talks about forming a new government. He adds that UGF will not take part in shaking Laimdota Straujuma’s Cabinet of Ministers. Tavars notes that both the party’s ministers and he himself as the ministry’s parliamentary secretary are prepared to continue their work.

Co-Chairpersons of NA Gaidis Berzins told LETA that even though there are many different opinions in the coalition in regard to the refugee matter, it remains a very serious matter for Latvia. NA plans to hold a discussion about it once Straujuma has returned from her vacation. When asked if anyone in the coalition is interested in change of government, Berzins replied that this question should be presented to coalition partners. Regardless, he said NA has not seen any clear signals anyone would want to change the government.

There are rumours circulating on the political backstage that a possibility for a crisis in the government’s work may arise in the middle of August, when the Cabinet of Ministers is expected to start actively working on the country’s budget.

Unofficially, some opposition deputies have voiced the possibility that talks regarding the possible formation of a new government may have been launched in order to overshadow discussions caused by the refugee matter. The current situation is viewed by some politicians as an attempt to influence coalition partners into making decisions in the ‘right’ direction.


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