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Gobzems’ potential government disagrees over multiple important topics

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPotential government partners seem to have disagreements over multiple important topics, such as KPV LV proposal to automatically provide all deputies with access to official secrets, as well as the matter on closed government meetings.

After meeting with political parties, politician Aldis Gobzems (KPV LV), who has been nominated by the president as the second Latvia’s prime minister candidate, told journalists that it was not the intention for politicians to reach an agreement at the 28 November meeting, because parties plan to discuss matters again within their own factions.

The politician said more than half of deputies elected to the new Saeima are new. Gobzems also added that the argument used against him – that he cannot be trusted with such a high post because there is no clarity in regards to his chances of getting access to official secrets – can be used against any one of them. With that, the matter regarding access permits is associated with the threat to the democratic potential, the politician says.

Six so-called centre-right parties that took part in government formation talks intend to ask for an audience with the president to resolve the situation with prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems not having access to official secrets.

Gobzems believes there should be a wider discussion regarding new politicians’ chances of getting access to official secrets. Other politicians who participated in talks said they are against amending the established system, because they believe it is fair. Representatives of political parties refrained from predicting the possible outcome of talks before meeting with the president.

The prime minister candidate said his party – KPV LV – will organize the meeting with the president to resolve the matter with permits. He said this is not a matter that affects only him personally. He said it is more related to the potential threat to democracy, considering more than half of the 13th Saeima are newcomers.

Gobzems believes that it is not a democratic situation when a new politician is unable to become minister or prime minister because of the length of time needed to be provided with permit to access official secrets. The politician is confident there is no such system anywhere else in the world.

Politicians discussed the question if government meetings should be open or closed. They also discussed the topic of confidentiality during different talks. The goal of talks was discussing different matters. KPV LV also explained the way in which the party views the possible refusal of the coalition council. The offer of the political party on this and other matters will be discussed by parties during their faction meetings, said the politician.

Gobzems proposed not worrying about the initiative to organize closed meetings, because journalists will be explained decisions made during those meetings.

Potential cooperation partners were rather critical of those proposals. Raivis Dzintars, chairman of the National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’-‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’, said during the meeting that his party sees no way to adopt a system under which all Saeima deputies are automatically provided with access to official secrets.

The National Alliance also does not support the initiative on closed government meetings. However, if this were the last obstacle preventing formation of a stable and decisive government, NA would agree to a compromise, he said.

New Unity politician Edgars Rinkēvičs was also skeptical about KPV LV party’s proposals. He said New Unity opposed closed government meetings and the reform on allocation of permits.

Edgars Tavars, politician of the Union of Greens and Farmers, was not as categorical. He said his party will not put obstacles in the matter on closed meetings as long as decisions made during those meetings are explained to society. He said the topic on provision of permits requires more discussing, said Tavars.

Attīstībai/Par! co-chairman Juris Pūce also opposed closed government meetings and permit system reformation. The party will take part in future discussions on planned tasks.

Representatives of the New Conservative Party did not provide comments after the meeting, saying that the leader of the political party Jānis Bordāns did not participate in the meeting.

Bordāns said NCP does not support the proposal for closed government meetings and automatic provision of permits.


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