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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUHarmony political party’s prime minister candidate Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis would be ready to take the reins of a minority coalition if need be. He also added in an interview to Latvijas Radio 8 October that Harmony won 13th Saeima elections and it is only fair, he said, that President Raimonds Vējonis should offer the role of forming the next government to the party that won.

«It is morally unacceptable for me to find red lines drawn against people who decided to support a different party. We should think about uniting people, not dividing them on the eve of Latvia’s centenary,» said Dombrovskis.

He believes it is not possible to form the government without Harmony, and drawing red lines for the formation of new government is a dead end. He also mentioned that he would be prepared to lead a minority government. «With a minority government, I would put all effort into making sure it is not a minority government,» he added.

Harmony leader Nils Ušakovs was of a similar mind in his interview to Rīta Panorāma programme. He said he doubts it is possible to form a new government without Harmony. «I allow that no new government will have been formed without Harmonyby the start of the next year. I hope people will come around by then,» added Ušakovs.

As previously reported, although in official comments politicians remain cautious, they do admit unofficially that there are multiple possible coalition models.

In unofficial talks with LETA, politicians mentioned that there are multiple coalition formation models possible with the six parties that have made it to the parliament. It is also possible there may be models in which some of those parties may be excluded from the coalition.

There are no plans to form a coalition with Harmony, however. With that, discussions will be held with the New Conservative Party, KPV LV, National Alliance, Attīstībai/Par, Union of Greens and Farmers and New Unity.

Most politicians have already contacted and discussed with one another election results. Serious coalition formation talks will commence next week. Politicians refrain from giving any predictions in regards to the next coalition.

One possibility is that KPV LV and NCP may attempt to form a coalition without UGF. It is unknown, however, if KPV LV and NCP would both agree to such a scenario, however. It is likely, however, that the latter may benefit from this the most.

It is also possible more liberal parties will try concentrating on forming mutual cooperation among themselves. This may apply to communication between Attīstībai/Par! and New Unity. It is also worth mentioning in this context a scenario in two parties could form the core of the coalition by also including the National Alliance and IGF and either KPV LV or NCP.

According to the latest results, Harmony will receive 23 seats in the 13th Saeima, KPV LV and NCP will receive 16 each, Attīstībai/Par and the National Alliance will get 13 each, Union of Greens and Farmers will get 11 and New Unity will get 8 seats.


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