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Latvian politicians are one step away from forming a five-party coalition under Kariņš

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Friday, 4 January, political parties in Latvia could reach an official agreement on readiness to form a Cabinet of Ministers under New Unity politician Krišjāņis Kariņš with representation from five political parties – New Unity, New Conservative Party, National Alliance, Attīstībai/Par!, and KPV LV.

KPV LV Saeima faction decided on Thursday to continue participating in government formation talks. The party also decided to present the ‘core’ parties a number of requests, as journalists were told by KPV LV faction leader Atis Zakatistovs.

According to information from LETA, the requests from KPV LV provide the following – making New Unity’s representative Krišjānis Kariņš as the head of the government, giving KPV LV the seat of Finance Ministry’s parliamentary secretary and the seat of Saeima’s National Economy Committee’s chairman. Other requests are related to involvement in the territorial reform’s implementation.

The current head of the National Economy Committee is Jānis Dūklavs from the Union of Greens and Farmers. The government composition plan by Kariņš includes creating a new post in the government – the Minister for Demographic Affairs. This seat could be given to Imants Parādnieks from the National Alliance.

Potential coalition partners do not consider the requests from KPV LV an insurmountable obstacle and remain optimistic about the possibility of reaching an agreement about the government’s composition.

Kariņš said the requests are not insurmountable and that it is possible to agree on them. He has invited other parties to present their thoughts as soon as possible. If parties manage to reach an agreement, Kariņš will ask the president to nominate him for the prime minister’s post.

NCP chairman Jānis Bordāns said his party may agree to this government. The party finds the requests from KPV LV acceptable.

AP representatives decided on Thursday to support Kariņš’s government and not oppose requests from KPV LV, as LETA was told by AP chairman Daniels Pavļuts.

National Alliance politician Gaidis Bērziņš said requests from KPV LV will be discussed soon. NA may make its official decision before the deadline set by Kariņš. It is unofficially mentioned that NA may agree to KPV LV party’s requests as long as demography remains a government priority and Parādnieks remains the head of the Centre for Demographic Affairs.

On Friday, 4 January, the president will hold a meeting with potential government parties, according to information from the President’s Chancellery.

Kariņš said that if the president nominates him, work on the government declaration will remain complicated. The politician concluded that nothing ever happens for nothing, stressing that his goal is searching for common ground with other parties.

New Unity had previously said Edgars Rinkēvičs could remain as Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister. NU has yet to announce its finance minister candidate. However, unofficial information states it could be either Jānis Reirs or Arvils Ašeradens.

AP has decided to pick Artis Pabriks for the post of defence minister. Juris Pūce might be nominated for the post of Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister, whereas Ilze Viņķele may be nominated for the post of Healthcare Minister.

NA believes Dace Melbārde should remain as Latvia’s Culture Minister. Kaspars Gerhards could be proposed to remain as the country’s Agriculture Minister. Jānis Grasbergs may be proposed as Agriculture Ministry’s parliamentary secretary.

NCP plans to propose Ilga Šuplinska as a candidate for the post of Education and Science Minister. Saeima deputy Anita Muižniece may become the ministry’s parliamentary secretary.

KPV LV may pick lawyer Sandis Ģirģens for the post of Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minsiter. Ralfs Nemiro may be picked as the party’s candidate for the post of finance ministry’s parliamentary secretary, according to unofficial information from LETA. Didzis Šmits may become the candidate for the post of economy minister and Ieva Krapāne as the candidate for the post of welfare minister.

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