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Unity «buys» Greens/Farmers votes

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Latvian Prime Minister’s party Unity has agreed to generous half-a-million “grants”, backing a number of the opposition party’s Greens and Farmers Union proposals.

They will be decided upon in today’s, September 13, parliamentary voting, reports the portal Pietiek.

A total of 570 000 lats (1.03 million dollars) will, of course, be taken from the state budget. The money will go to various municipalities that will then carry out a number of sports, cultural or social assistance projects.

As a result, Greens/Farmers will convert this into political capital into increasing public support. The proposals were submitted by the party’s parliamentary faction and MP Uldis Augulis.

Such generosity has led to certain speculations – could Unity be paving the way to a new coalition with Greens/Farmers?

It should be added that Greens have lent their hand in calling on at least two Reform Party’s ministers to step down.

However, sources in the government dismiss such claims, explaining the sudden generosity with EU processes. Most likely, the Saeima (Latvian Parliament) will soon need the support of the opposition, when voting on various EU decisions.

According to sources in the Foreign Ministry, the Saeima will soon vote on amendments to the EU treaty, which will be debated at the European Council’s meeting in October. Other government sources agree that that the Saeima will have to provide two thirds of parliamentary support for the establishment of the new EU banking supervisory body.

This opens up new possibilities for the Greens/Farmers, who have already previously “cashed in” political dividends under the disguise of various economic decisions.

“All the proposals are socially responsible,” Augulis says smiling.

Meanwhile, Augusts Brigmanis, head of the Greens/Farmers faction, suggests that the agreement will have further political consequences. He points out that Thursday’s vote will show that “there are temporary and permanent values.”

Even today, right in the eve of the vote, the two government partners – the National Association and the Reform Party – did not know whether or not to support Greens’ proposals. They were confused why all of a sudden there was such willingness to back the opposition’s proposals to increase the budget spending.

There is one more thing that implies – a new political agreement between Greens/Farmers and Unity could be underway. The deal was sealed between the Prime Minister, Valdis Dombrovskis, and Greens alone. No other coalition partners were invited to join the talk.

Brigmanis refuses to provide any details how exactly the compromise was reached.

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