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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThere is progress observed in talks with 13th Saeima parties on the formation of a new government. However, more intensive talks are still needed to ensure more clarity in relation to the possible coalition before the first meeting of the next Saeima, says Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis.

On Tuesday, 30 October, Vējonis met with KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems, New Conservative Party’s prime minister candidate Jānis Bordāns and Attīstībai/Par! prime minister candidate Artis Pabriks.

Candidates informed the president of the progress achieved so far in government talks and future tasks of the government.

«Potential candidates did not deny the possibility of working in a coalition even if someone else is picked as the prime minister,» said the president.

Vējonis stressed that parties elected to the 13th Saeima have to be able to agree on the new coalition and majority support in the parliament, so that it is possible to elect a new Saeima speaker and Praesidium next week.

The president admits that considerable progress was achieved in government talks in the past couple of days, outlining the tasks for the next government.

«Parties still have to continue intensive consultations before the first meeting of the next Saeima to achieve some clarity about the possible coalition,» said the president.

«Emergency Saeima election is not a solution that could help make the government formation process easier. The president, I think, agrees,» said Artis Pabriks after meeting with Vējonis.

He said that to reach a minority government, it is first necessary to exhaust all opportunities of forming a majority government. The politician said he would rather avoid a political crisis situation.

Pabriks described his meeting with the president as productive; saying that during the conversation Vējonis said he is dissatisfied with the dead end government talks have ended up in. ‘I understand the president’s frustration, but I also see objective obstacles for us to move forward, especially in a situation when neither side wants to compromise their positions,’ said Pabriks.

The politician presented the results of what parties have accomplished so far. «Consultations continue in a wider range. Candidates also continue meetings. Our work continues. There are no news to speak of now because none of the three prime minister candidates have shown an initiative to step back or step forward,» said Pabriks, hoping some progress will be achieved before 6 November.

He stressed that the biggest problem right now is two-sided, because it is currently difficult to form a government that is numerically large and capable. «It would be better to elect a standing Praesidium and Saeima speaker during the first meeting of the parliament. An unstable variant would not be beneficial for the country,» said the politician.

New Conservative Party’s prime minister candidate Jānis Bordāns is confident that the president should pick him. After meeting with the president, Bordāns invited other colleagues involved in the government formation process and clearly outline their positions. «Had the president named a prime minister candidate faster than us, it would have speed up talks for us,» said Bordāns.

The politician told the president of his party’s view on government formation talks, concentrating on conditions to comply with society’s desire, which was voiced during elections. «This desire was clearly defined during Saeima elections. Voters expressed the desire for a government focused on changes,» said Bordāns, adding that he fits all the criteria to be able to compose a government with at least 66 votes.

According to Bordāns, all arguments demonstrate that NCP fits the status of the party to have its prime minister candidate approved.

NCP has major advantages when compared to other parties that offer their own prime minister candidates, said Bordāns. «Public statements regarding different economic groups associated with the Union of Greens and Farmers and KPV LV discredit the latter party’s prime minister candidate. Compared to Attīstībai/Par! party, NCP has more elected deputies than they do. Additionally, Attīstībai/Par! party’s prime minister candidate Artis Pabriks is not associated with any party,» said Bordāns.

He said that the conversation with the president was positive. The two sides discussed different details, including topics associated with NCP and Bordāns. Vējonis said parties continues talks. Both sides also discussed the formation of the Saeima Praesidium. The president asked this topic to be resolved responsibly.

«With KPV LV and its prime minister at the helm, Latvia would go through a new breakthrough, which is something society needs,» said KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems after his meeting with the president.

«KPV LV is prepared to introduce a new policy, a new and modern agenda. Under our party’s leadership, Latvia would experience a new breakthrough, which is something our residents desperately need,» said the party’s representative.


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