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Latvian parties mostly ready to join expert groups and meet with NCP

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMultiple political parties in Latvia have voiced readiness to join expert groups that will discuss specific tasks of the new government, and respond to New Conservative Party’s initiative to meet.

Co-chairman of Attīstībai/Par! Daniels Pavļuts says representatives of his party are prepared to meet with NCP. AP has also sent invitations to other parties – KPV LV, NCP, National Alliance, Union of Greens and Farmers, New Unity – to meet on Thursday, 25 October, and start working in expert groups.

When asked about NCP’s announcement that the party would refuse to work in groups with representatives of the Union of Greens and Farmers, Pavļuts said: «We will work with whoever comes». At the same time, he said it is now important to wait for comments from partners.

NCP board chairman Jānis Bordāns said that he does not plan to work in expert groups alongside representatives from UGF. He said NCP had previously offered forming expert groups to discuss industries. Still, UGF believes these groups should be formed without UGF. NCP is well-known for its refusal to work with UGF. The party has proposed that 13th Saeima parties meet to exchange opinions on government formation process.

KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems did not say anything specific when asked about planned discussions. He only said work will be done on future tasks of the new government.

National Alliance’s co-chairman Raivis Dzintars said his party sees no reason not to discuss tasks and goals. NA may meet with NCP. Looking at the government-formation process as a whole, Dzintars said it is too soon to talk about progress.

«The pre-election race is not over yet. Parties’ desire to show off before voters will always dominate over the desire and skill to form a functional government,» said the party’s leader.

UGF politician Augusts Brigmans has confirmed his party’s representatives plan to join expert groups. Brigmanis believes this is a step towards learning parties’ opinions on problematic issues.

New Unity’s leader Krišjānis Kariņš says his party is open to meet with other political parties in different formats. He believes that it would be best to meet with all parties, especially considering that there are still no signs of a prime minister candidate or a stable coalition. According to the politician, all kinds of meetings are organized to discuss different topics. Parties want to get a grasp over the topics they and the Saeima can agree on. Kariņš added that parties elected to the Saeima should discuss amongst themselves if they can work together and take on reins over the government. Once they do, government formation talks will be able to progress.


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