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Latvian PM promises closer cooperation with opposition

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma promises to work more closely with opposition parties and consider their constructive proposals.

At the same time, the PM denied claims that this announcement is only used to find new allies. «I would like to put to rest all claims regarding an alleged search for potential coalition partners,» – said Straujuma after her meeting with Latvian Regional Alliance.

«I believe now that the presidency has ended, we have much more time on our hands. We need to meet with opposition parties and consider their proposals,» – explained Straujuma. She added that wrote down multiple proposals during her meeting with LRA. She mentioned that all of them are constructive and worth looking into.

During the Tuesday meeting, LRA and Straujuma discussed matters related to the budget and resettlement of refugees. Straujuma also has plans to meet with other opposition parties – Harmony and For Latvia from the Heart.

The PM said she enjoyed today’s talks with LRA. She adds that the coalition and opposition have to work together in development of Micro-enterprise Tax and other legislative amendments. LRA is prepared to get involved in these matters.

Leader of LRA’s Saeima faction Dainis Liepins said it was emphasized during the conversation with the Prime Minister that life in regions is different than life in Riga. In addition, LRA also has a different opinion on the increase of budget revenue. The party specifically does not like the government’s intention to focus on increasing taxes.

Liepins did nonetheless say he was grateful to learn that the PM found time and met with LRA. «That hour was valuable from a purely psychological view to both sides,» – said the politician. Straujuma added by saying that the conversation was also helpful in practice.

When asked if LRA wishes to participate in the government’s work, Liepins said that was not the topic of the discussion. At the same time, he admits that LRA could help the government resolve certain matters. Nevertheless, no talks were held in regards to any posts or work in the government, said Liepins.

He added that LRA had more complaints than support for the approved state budget.

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