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Augulis: UGF may agree to proposed Cabinet of Ministers composition

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe Union of Greens and Farmers may agree to Latvian prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems’ offer on the division of seats in the new Cabinet of Ministers, even though the party does have some questions regarding the new government’s declaration and certain candidates, said UGF Saeima faction leader Uldis Augulis in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV.

«This is possible to do before Friday: write a two-sentence declaration and then expand it once the government has been approved. I believe this would not be a good thing to do, because society needs to know what the new government can bring the country,» said Augulis.

He said UGF cannot do much with its number of votes in the parliament. However, there are many unanswered questions about Gobzems’ offer.

Augulis also added that the matter regarding New Conservative Party’s stance towards UGF’s inclusion in the government remains open.

Aldis Gobzems mentioned in his interview to Delfi TV that he intends to request an extraordinary meeting of the Saeima on Friday, 7 December, so that the parliament can decide on approving his proposed government.

The politician promised to have the government declaration ready before the Saeima meeting. He also said a new financial assessment of the government’s plan will be ready even if Finance Ministry has to work late at night.

When asked if he has a Plan B if his government model receives no support from the Saeima, Gobzems said there is a sense of «certainty the government will be approved».

As it is known, Gobzems has offered New Conservative Party the largest number of seats in the new government. The only condition is that the party should put aside their red lines and agree to cooperate with the Union of Greens and Farmers in the new government.

KPV LV wants three seats in the government – prime minister’s post for Gobzems, finance minister’s post for Roberts Spručs and interior affairs minister’s post for Ralfs Nemiro.

NCP is offered four seats: transport minister’s post for Tālis Linkaits, healthcare minister’s post for Juris Jurašs, education minister’s post for Dagmāra Beitnere-Le Galla and justice minister’s post for Jānis Bordāns or Juta Strīķe.

The National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ is offered three posts: environment protection minister’s post for Raivis Dzintars or Rihards Kols, welfare minister’s post for Imants Parādnieks and culture minister’s post for Dace Melbārde.

UGF and New Unity are offered two seats each in the government: agriculture minister’s seat may go to Edgars Tavars or Armands Krauze and defence minister’s post may go to Raimonds Bergmanis. Economy minister and foreign affairs minister post may got to New Unity representatives Jānis Reirs and Edgars Rinkēvičs.

KPV LV also wants to replace the heads of Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee, appointing KPV LV member Atis Zakatistovs as its head instead of Attīstībai/Par! member Mārtiņš Bondars.

KPV LV also wants to exclude AP’s representative Marija Golubeva from Saeima Praesidium and replacing her with Artuss Kaimiņš. Inese Lībiņa-Egnere from New Unity is proposed to be given the seat of Saeima deputy secretary.

Parties that have been offered to form a coalition with KPV LV have yet to provide their answers. Political parties have only said they will consider Gobzems’ proposal.

On 4 December, Gobzems decided to exclude AP from future government formation talks.

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis gave Gobzems time until 10 December to form the government and compile a list of priorities.


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