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Latvian parties taking too long on compiling government cooperation documents

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAlthough work on the new government’s cooperation documents has taken more time than initially expected, Latvian prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš still hopes for the government to be approved next week.

On Wednesday, 16 January, Kariņš told journalists after a meeting of parties that politicians could finish work on the cooperation agreement on Thursday. Work will also continue on the government declaration, in which parties have so far reached an agreement on one-third of it. Politicians have yet to agree on the fiscal discipline agreement.

Previously Kariņš had planned to reach agreements on all of those documents before Thursday evening. Now, however, another meeting is planned to take place Friday, 18 January. The politician said it is better to give some more time for discussions now than spend another month or so discussing unresolved matters.

The prime minister candidate will meet with President Raimonds Vējonis on 21 January. The politician still believes the vote for the government’s approval may take place next week.

Multiple coalition partners mentioned after the Wednesday meeting that one of its points remains unclear. Previously major objections were voiced in regards to coalition deputies’ duty to not support minister dismissal requests and legislative drafts from the opposition without coordinating them first.

According to information from LETA, KPV LV wants to cross out several points from the agreement that apply to duties of coalition faction deputies. One of those points, for example, provides for rejecting opposition legislative drafts without previous harmonization, as well as rejecting proposals from cooperation partners and certain deputies that go against government declaration priorities.

KPV LV also does not like the point that provides for not supporting deputies’ requests for non-confidence votes towards the government or ministers, as well as requests for extraordinary Saeima meetings from the opposition if there is no specific decision from the coalition on this. Instead, KPV LV proposes informing other cooperation partners and the prime minister of the proposal to support specific requests for non-confidence votes at least one week in advance before making the final decision.

The new government is expected to compose of five parties – New Unity, New Conservative Party, KPV LV, National Alliance and Attīstībai/Par.


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