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Latvian parties hear New Unity leader’s offer; opinions on coalition still differ

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPolitical parties in Latvia are prepared to listen to New Unity and its prime minister candidate Krišjāņis Kariņš’s initiative in the government formation process.

None of the parties Kariņš has invited for talks plan to refuse. Nevertheless, parties’ opinions on the possible coalition model still differ. In unofficial talks opinions have been voiced that it would be hard to involve all six parties in the government, considering the red lines. The largest faction in the parliament – Harmony – is not involved in government formation talks.

Politicians predict it may be fairly easy to reach an agreement on a government governed by Kariņš.

Attīstībai/Par! Political party is ‘absolutely ready’ to engage in talks with New Unity on formation of a new government. The party is also positive about NU decision to take the initiative, says AP co-chairman Daniels Pavļuts. The political party expects six centre-right parties will sit down at the discussion table to form an expansive coalition, said the politician. The actual composition of the government will depend on parties’ ability to agree, especially considering the red lines of the New Conservative Party, said Pavļuts.

KPV LV will also sit down with NU if the party receives an invitation, says the party’s co-chairperson Linda Liepiņa, adding that the political party has been constructive in the continuing Cabinet of Ministers formation process.

If the president decides to nominate Kariņš, KPV LV support for him will depend on the discussion process. The political party’s decision will depend on the candidate and NU taking KPV LV seriously and addressing the mandatory procurement component system, medicines price reduction and regional reform, said Liepiņa. The coalition’s decision will depend on centrist-right parties to agree on a compromise, according to the politician.

NCP chairman Jānis Bordāns said his party is prepared to join NU government formation talks and is positive about the possible outcome. He did not reveal which ministries NCP would like to take charge over. The party does not plan to back away from its position – the government should not cooperate with the Union of Greens and Farmers. Bordāns a five-party coalition without UGF would secure a stable majority.

UGF Saeima faction chairman Uldis Augulis said his party is prepared to engage in talks organized by Kariņš. He said consultations should clarify if Kariņš can secure majority support for the government. Augulis refrained from mentioning the ministries his party would like to have under its wing.

National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’-‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ leader Raivis Dzintars did not comment on New Unity’s decision. He did say previously that NA would be prepared to discuss the scenario if Kariņš is nominated prime minister. «National Alliance would definitely be ready to discuss such a scenario,» said the party’s leader.

As it is known, New Unity is prepared to take the initiative in government formation. Kariņš said he is ready to engage in consultations with other parties to see if there is a stable majority to agree on future tasks of the forming government.


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