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Latvian president to meet with all parties represented in the Saeima

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Monday, 26 November, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis intends to meet with all parties elected to the Saeima. It is worth mentioning that representatives of KPV LV and Attīstībai/Par! will meet with the president in a joint meeting.

The first meeting is scheduled for 08:00 with Harmony. The second will take place at 08:25 with New Unity, followed with a meeting with representatives of the Union of Greens and Farmers at 08:50.

At 09:25 the president will meet with representatives of the National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’-‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’.

The last meeting will be held with representatives of KPV LV and Attīstībai/Par! at 10:05.

As it is known, political parties have failed to reach an agreement about the next prime minister candidate within the term given by the president.

In a previous interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT, Vējonis had said that if parties fail to reach an agreement within the time period given to them, the president would not give them a second opportunity.

Parties held no official talks last week, and so no agreement was reached. Politicians had previously mentioned that nomination of a compromise candidate is not likely.

A meeting was held between members of Attīstībai/Par! and KPV LV last week. The two parties requested to meet with the president simultaneously to discuss government formation.

Raivis Dzintars, chairman of National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’-‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’, said progress is slow with government formation and that nothing is to be expected until parties speak with the president. The politician believes the president should make it clear that Aldis Gobzems (KPV LV) and Artis Pabriks (AP) would be viable candidates only if they manage to secure majority support from the Saeima.

Augusts Brigmanis, politician of the Union of Greens and Farmers, says there are two scenarios possible at the moment. «Basically the president should provide his own opinion after speaking with parties. I would personally be in favour of the president picking a direction. He could name a person capable of forming the government. He could also reveal his ‘Plan B’. Right now these are only options,» said Brigmanis.

New Unity representative Arvils Ašeradens believes so-called new parties should be entrusted with forming the government – they should be the ones to provide a prime minister candidate. At the same time, Ašeradens added that so far there has been no dynamic in government formation talks. With that, parties will wait for the president and his decision.

Both Aldis Gobzems and Artis Pabriks have a chance of being nominated by the president, said Pabriks.

Aldis Gobzems is certain that KPV LV will sooner or later lead Latvia’s government.

He explained that no talks were held over the weekends and that nothing is planned until parties have met with the president.

Jānis Bordāns, leader of the New Conservative Party, said on 23 November that he is skeptical about the parties’ ability to reach a compromise and reach an agreement on their own before Monday. He also refrained from predicting the possible outcome and chosen prime minister candidate.

Those who did not want to see NCP in the lead of the government formation process are now in a dead end, he said.

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