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Latvian coalition partners mark their preferred roles in the new government

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAlthough no official discussions regarding the new government are currently held, partners of the ruling coalition have begun unofficially voicing their preferences for ministries.

There is currently no agreement among parties of the ruling coalition in regards to the new government. No official talks are currently held in regards the composition of the new government, as well. As noted by representatives of coalition parties, it will be possible to discuss supervision over ministries once the official candidate for the post of Prime Minister of Latvia becomes known.

Unity is in no hurry to announce its candidate, saying that it is more important to discuss priorities of the next government. This Thursday’s talk with President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis will feature opinion exchanging with representatives of other political parties. Some coalition politicians say Unity is interested in seeing Solvita Aboltina in the seat of Prime Minister of Latvia. Previously Rihards Kozlovskis’ name was mentioned as a potential candidate.

According to unofficial statements, Unity may retain the Prime Minister post. In addition, the party would maintain control over Finance Ministry. Janis Reirs has good chances of remaining Finance Minister and Edgars Rinkevics has good chances of remaining as Latvia’s Foreign Minister.

The National Alliance does not plan to let go of its currently controlled ministries. The party adds that areas of responsibility should not be changed in the new government. The party also wishes to retain the post of Saeima Speaker, which is currently held by Inara Murniece.

Some coalition politician has said recently that the National Alliance wishes to keep Dace Melnbarde and Kaspars Gerhards in their current posts.

Latvian Green Party plans to stand with its current representatives in the government – Raimonds Bergmanis and Guntis Belevics. One UGF politician has said there is no certainty about support for Belevics. It is possible the vacant post of Transport Minister of Latvia could end up controlled by UGF and Unity may receive the post of Economy Minister.

Representatives of ruling parties believe it will not be possible to form a new government this year.

The question of whether or not the coalition should expand is mostly related to the possible price of this expansion and whether or not any of the coalition parties would agree to share. It seems that Unity’s current coalition partners are not prepared to do so.

Previously there had been talks behind the scenes that the National Alliance may have some protests against the possible expansion of the coalition. UGF also seems reluctant to share. At the same time, some opposition politician says NA should start looking a bit more positively towards LRA’s possible inclusion in the coalition. Unofficially, however, LRA representatives have received multiple enquiries in regards to the possibility of working with some of the party’s passionate activists, meaning people like Artuss Kaimins.

LTV reports that some deputies believe if Unity cannot reach an agreement about their PM candidate, this decision will be made by UGF, whose candidate is Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs. Certain members of To Latvia from the Heart have expressed support for this step by UGF. The opposition party promises five votes in exchange for Justice Minister post for Ringolds Balodis.

One of the possible new additions to the government declaration would be measures in regards to matters related to asylum seekers and their resettlement in Latvia. No cardinal changes are currently planned for the declaration, especially considering the current government is only one year old.

During this Tuesday’s meeting of Unity’s work group officials discussed matters related to different industries that have some unfinished work, as confirmed by Edvards Smiltens. When asked about standing problems in Latvia’s industries, the politician said a lot was discussed in relation to the justice sector, tax policy, healthcare and education sectors.

Parties will begin talks with President Raimonds Vejonis about the new government this week. Parties have not yet scheduled any official talks with each other and opposition parties.

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