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Latvian president entrusts government formation to KPV LV leader Aldis Gobzems

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPresident of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis has decided to entrust formation of the government to KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems.

The president has given Gobzems two weeks to secure majority support in the new government, form a new Cabinet of Ministers and approve future tasks of the government. The president added that if Gobzems fails, he will withdraw his nomination. Nevertheless, the president hopes parties will be able to reach an agreement on the formation of a new government.

Gobzems said he will tackle the government formation matter very seriously to make the country and residents one whole, so that «the country turns face-first towards the people and they in turn do the same». The politician thanked the president for the courage of giving him the nomination.

Gobzems promised to work for the rest of his life to make sure Latvian residents live in prosperity and harmony.

KPV LV received second place in parliamentary elections. 14.25% of voters supported this party. KPV LV also got 16 seats in the 13th Saeima.

Gobzems is the second prime minister candidate to have been nominated after 13th Saeima elections. The first one was New Conservative Party’s leader Jānis Bordāns. A week after his nomination, however, Bordāns failed to form a viable government. Additionally, three parties later decided to exit government formation talks. Because of all this, the president decided to withdraw Bordāns’ nomination.

So far Latvian politicians have not had much progress with reaching an agreement on a possible government and coalition. Six parties are involved in government formation talks – KPV LV, JKP, Attīstībai/Par!, National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’-‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’, Union of Greens and Farmers, and New Unity.

NCP stresses that it will not cooperate with UGF. Because of that, the party proposes forming a five-party coalition.

It is worth mentioning that Gobzems has yet to be provided with access to official secrets. Constitution Protection Bureau, which has performed background checks for three prime minister candidates so far, had previously stated that an additional investigation is needed for one of the candidates. Gobzems is this candidate.

Gobzems had previously said he is certain a permit to access official secrets will be provided to him. Commenting on what both Pabriks and Bordāns have said in regards to being provided with permits to access official secrets, Gobzems said this situation currently undergoes a normal process, considering both of the aforementioned candidates have had access to official secrets in the past.

According to information from LETA, in 2003, Gobzems was appointed the director of the Insolvency Administration at the age of 25. His previous experience included working as deputy chairman of the Privatization Agency and department under the Justice Ministry. Before becoming the director of the Insolvency Administration, Gobzems also worked in the work group responsible for the Insolvency Law.

In 2008, Gobzems was the head of the justice affairs work group of the Society for Different Policy and its board member. He left the organization in 2009. This organization was one of the founding groups for Unity. In 2013, Gobzems announced entering politics. He participated in Saeima elections as a member of Latvia’s Development party.

In the past he also worked in the law firm of well-known lawyer Romualds Vonsovičs. In 2008, he founded his own law firm. He received recognition when he represented the victims of the Talsi tragedy. A couple of years later he also represented the victims in Maxima tragedy.

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