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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPoliticians participating in government formation talks organized by KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems refrain from saying if the government composition proposed by the party is realistic.

No real progress has been reached in talks yet. Because of that, the possible composition of and which parties might support Gobzems’ government is unknown.

Prime minister candidate Gobzems is poetical about the progress made in government formation talks, saying that government formation is a creative process. Gobzems said the question as to which parties could potentially support his government was not topical at the 29 November meeting. Politicians will reach this matter once relevant documents have been signed. Nevertheless, it is too soon to discuss it.

«It’s like dating – you don’t force your potential groom or bride to marry you,» said Gobzems.

With the parliament as fractured as it is, one important task is making sure the government does not end in conflicting situations, said Gobzems. While during the pre-election period parties were in a state of unannounced war, now they have to sit at the same table as potential partners, added the candidate.

There are many facts unclear about the government formation process and parties’ cooperation in the forming coalition, Attīstībai/Par! co-chairman Daniels Pavļuts told journalists. He said there is a clear attempt to avoid using «coalition council» words even though the Saeima has more parties that usual. Because of that, proper coordination is needed more than ever.

On Thursday, 29 November, an agreement was reached in talks that a party cooperation project would be presented next year, said the politician. Pavļuts explained that the most important portion of talks for AP will commence on Friday. He added there are currently different views on many different matters – one of the most important one being the municipal reform.

Unofficially politicians say during government formation talks parties had discussed the matter on liquidation of the coalition council. Coalition Cooperation Council is the official name for weekly meetings of political parties. KPV LV proposed liquidating the coalition council. Unofficially politicians said KPV LV also proposed organizing the same meetings but giving them a different name.

Jānis Bordāns, leader of the New Conservative Party, said it is too soon to say if the government under Gobzems leadership could be formed successfully. No major progress has been reached so far, but parties have nonetheless discussed matters associated with cooperation. Bordāns predicts it will be possible to discuss results later.

Raivis Dzintars, chairman of the National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’, explained that political parties discussed cooperation. Currently the process is going in accordance with the plan proposed by KPV LV. Dzintars refrained from predicting the outcome of Gobzems’ government formation process.

Augusts Brigmanis, board member of the Union of Greens and Farmers and chairman of Latvian Farmers Union, says prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems and KPV LV faction chairman Atis Zakatistovs have organized a professional government formation format based around positive atmosphere with tolerant and respective treatment of all participants.

Brigmanis said the key matter will be the issue or non-issue of a permit to access official secrets for Gobzems. UGF politician believes it would not be polite to ruin government formation process on the assumption that the permit might not be issued.

Brigmanis rhetorically asked why the amount of time provided to Gobzems to form the government could not be extended by a couple of weeks to see if some clarity could be achieved in relation to the permit issue. The matter of the time provided for the formation of the government is in the hands of the president.

New Unity politician Arvils Ašeradens says his party stands in favour of keeping the government formation process transparent. At the same time, every party defends their own interests in government formation talks. As for KPV LV party’s idea to make government meetings closed, NU believes these meetings should be kept transparent. He said that in spite of previously mentioned objections, parties agreed that it is necessary to sign a document on cooperation of parties forming the government.

Ašeradens stressed that one important matter is for the prime minister to be provided with a permit to access official secrets. He adds that there is a never before seen situation when authorities have commenced an in-depth evaluation of a prime minister candidate. There should be clarity in regards to the direction the process should take for the prime minister to be someone decisive and Latvia’s foreign cooperation partners to continue sharing information, said the politician, adding that this matter will be discussed with the president. NU believes regulations that govern the issue of permits are already well-ordered, helping balance democracy and state security.

NU plans to discuss government formation talks at the 3 December meeting of the party’s board.

Government formation talks organized by Aldis Gobzems are attended by Attīstībai/Par!, New Conservative Party, National Alliance, Union of Greens and Farmers, and New Unity. All parties see no way of forming a government with Harmony.


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