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More progress for Latvia’s new government expected in January

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURepresentatives of political parties in Latvia expect more progress for the government formation process in January.

Chairman of the National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’-‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ Raivis Dzintars said there have been no official meetings during in the recent holidays. He said more progress could come at the beginning of January, when official consultations will restart.

Daniels Pavļuts, co-chairman of Attīstībai/Par!, said no formal talks are currently planned. More likely, he said, meetings will be organized after New Year’s holiday.

Nevertheless, unofficial meetings between politicians will continue over holidays, Pavļuts said. No considerable turns have taken place so far, only attempts to agree on a new government under New Unity, he added.

«As mentioned on Friday, additional time was given. If KPV LV hadn’t had any specific steps in regards to candidates, the government would have been formed by now. However, we did face certain obstacles on the way,» Pavļuts stressed.

«We have a strong 50-vote core, and this is a solid foundation for building something,» added Pavļuts, refraining from commenting where more votes could be secured.

He said he has no information regarding any meetings with President Raimonds Vējonis this Thursday or Friday.

New Conservative Party’s leader Jānis Bordāns was concise in his statements, saying that there is nothing new to report. Previously he said parties could sit down for the first meetings around the first days of 2019.

KPV LV politician Aldis Gobzems, meanwhile, says it is Christmas – politics will be discussed on Thursday, not during the holiday.

New Unity politician Arvils Ašeradens previously said political consultations would commence again after Christmas.

As it is known, President Raimonds Vējonis did not nominate the next prime minister candidate last Friday. Instead he gave parties additional time to reach a compromise.

As the president told journalists after meeting with New Unity politician Krišjānis Kariņš, he had met with political parties in previous weeks. Parties had said during those meetings that they would be ready to agree on a single candidate and mentioned Kariņš’s name.

«So far this has not been done,» said Vējonis, adding that parties should continue meeting throughout Christmas. The president stressed that he plans to meet with political parties again after Christmas to discuss the progress they have made.


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