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Latvian parties generally satisfied with New Unity’s offer

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPotential partners are generally supportive of New Unity’s offer for division of responsibilities in the government. Nevertheless, parties want to discuss other matters, including National Alliance’s continued management over Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry.

On Monday, 17 December, prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš from New Unity told journalists that his party would like to be in charge of Finance Ministry and Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Attīstībai/Par! party is offered to take charge over Defence Ministry, Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry and Healthcare Ministry.

New Conservative Party could become in charge of Justice Ministry, Transport Ministry and Education and Science Ministry, whereas KPV LV could be entrusted with Interior Affairs Ministry, Economy Ministry and Welfare Ministry.

National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’-‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ could be entrusted with Culture Ministry, Agriculture Ministry and the newly-formed institution for demographic affairs.

Kariņš wants to know if parties find his offer acceptable before Wednesday, 19 December. He also wants to know if parties have specific candidates in mind. If Kariņš receives support from parties, he will turn to President Raimonds Vējonis with request to officially nominate him.

The politician stresses that he believes the government should be formed with six parties – Union of Greens and Farmers included. However, if no agreement is reached on this, he will form the government with the remaining political parties – New Conservative Party, KPV LV and Attīstībai/Par.

National Alliance’s leader Raivis Dzintars said NU’s offer regarding division of ministries is balanced. However, his party would like to be in charge of the Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry in the new government. The politician said the proposed division of ministries is good grounds for continued talks. NA in particular would like to discuss leadership over Environment Ministry and Agriculture Ministry.

When asked if this means NA is prepared to switch from Agriculture Ministry in favour of leading Environment Ministry, Dzintars said there need to be serious arguments to switch priorities.

NCP also believes NU’s offer contains certain details worth discussing. Still, the general direction is acceptable, according to what Jāņis Bordāns said. He did not say what exactly his party would like to change in the offer. He only said he wants to discuss this with Kariņš first.

AP also voices support for NU. Co-chairman Daniels Pavļuts said his party supports the offer, adding that a compromise is needed from all.

The politician said it is sad his party cannot lead Finance Ministry. At the same time, he said AP is aware a compromise from everyone is needed for the government project to be ready before Christmas and for Kariņš to receive the president’s nomination.

AP considers the prime minister’s offer balanced and sustainable. Pavļuts confirmed his party will not oppose Kariņš’s offer.

KPV LV faction has decided to conceptually support New Unity leader’s offer. KPV LV leader Artuss Kaimiņš mentioned that «it may be a modest offer for his party». Nevertheless, KPV LV does not want to put obstacles for the government formation process.

When asked if this is his party’s final decision, Kaimiņš said it is important to consider the government’s work plan.

UGF, which has been left outside the offered government model, promises to be strong opposition party and predicts several governments during the term of the 13th Saeima. The party does not plan to meet with Kariņš to discuss the government formation offer.


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