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Latvian parties name priorities; government formation talks commence

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPolitical parties that might participate in the formation of the government have named their priorities in the new government. Officially talks are to commence on Tuesday, 9 October.

The New Conservative Party plans to meet with KPV LV in their office on Tuesday at 11:30. Around 14:30, the party will meet with Attīstībai/Par! party. NCP also plans to meet with New Unity, National Alliance and Union of Greens and Farmers on Wednesday, 10 October.

NCP is prepared to work as a cornerstone for the formation of the government, as journalists were told by the party’s leader Jānis Bordāns. The politician stressed that the most important issues include the work ahead and possible coalition models, not posts. He did not say if NCP would be ready to work in a government in which a representative of a different party, such as KPV LV, becomes prime minister.

When asked if being the cornerstone in the government also means having the prime minister’s position, Bordāns said it may or may not include, because the opinion of potential partners is important. Bordāns stressed that stability and longevity of the government is very important. Among the priorities of NCP is preservation of the current course, ensuring security and rule of law.

Bordāns also said there are multiple coalition models possible at the moment. Other politicians have said similar things.

KPV LV also has a rather active plan ahead. The party has prepared a schedule of meetings with different parties, said co-chairperson Linda Liepiņa. She did not reveal details of this plan, only said that she would rather government was not formed with involvement from the media. If necessary, information will be provided to them after meetings, she said.

It is more important to reach an agreement in regards to tasks, not posts, said the party’s co-chairperson, adding that her party stated its goals clearly in its pre-election programme.

KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems says the people’s wish is clear – giving the mandate for the formation of the government to the two most popular parties that have the practical means of doing it. According to what Gobzems said, he meant KPV LV and New Conservative Party. Bordāns, on the other hand, has neither confirmed nor denied this option. Other political parties note that it is currently unnecessary to form blocs at this time.

Co-chairman of Attīstībai/Par! Daniels Pavļuts says his political party wants a pro-active, dynamic and stable coalition and government. He explained that the new coalition should be dominated by newly elected parties in the Saeima. Currently it is unclear which party may take the initiative in government formation talks, because ‘everyone should speak with everyone’ in the centrist party wing, said the politician.

When asked about the tasks Attīstībai/Par! believes the next government should tackle, Pavļuts said they include improvement of accessibility of existing healthcare, as well as radical changing of the current model to liquidate discrimination of people based on the amount of taxes they pay.

The party also wants to ensure a more rapid implementation of a competence-based approach in education and provision of more competitive higher education, said Pavļuts.

Other potential coalition partners have also come up with priority tasks for the new government. Representatives of those political parties expect NCP and KPV LV to take the initiative in the formation of the government, because these two parties received the most seats after Concord in 13th Saeima elections.

The National Alliance is prepared to discuss important tasks and possible programme with all elected parties, except Concord, said the political party’s leader Raivis Dzintars. The National Alliance has compiled a list of three topical matters it wants to hear opinions on from its potential partners, he said. The party wants to know the opinion of its potential partners on matters including support of families with children and problems that exist in demography. The party also wants to know its potential partners’ opinion on the transition to education only in state language in education institutions – both kindergartens and schools.

At the same time, NA wants to know potential partners’ opinion on inviting cheap labour force, which, according to the party, goes against the interests of Latvian citizens and their ability to find well-paid jobs.

The Union of Greens and Farmers has decided not to change its position, saying that government formation should be entrusted to a centrist party with the largest number of mandates – KPV LV or NCP, said UGF chairman Armands Krauze.

He said KPV LV and NCP should discuss between themselves which of them should take the initiative. There was no victor in the recent elections, because a party should have at least 30 mandates, said the politician. He said his party is open to talks with all centrist or centrist-right Latvian parties.

Krauze said the new government should work on tasks presented by society – education, healthcare, corruption prevention and taxes. The fight for the EU budget is also an important matter, said Krauze.


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