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National Alliance votes with opposition; PM's coalition unable to secure majority of votes

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSeveral drafts proposed by the opposition were approved during this Thursday’s Saeima meeting with votes from the National Alliance. This is the first Saeima meeting that shows clear tension within the coalition. It also became clear that Valdis Dombrovskis’ led government can no longer secure the majority of votes.

The National Alliance and some non-party deputies had voted in support of submitting Harmony Centre’s proposed amendments for the Youth Law to Saeima commissions for review. Other members of the coalition – Unity and Reform Party – voted against these amendments. A similar thing happened to HC’s amendments to the Support for Unemployed Persons and Persons Seeking Employment Law. The goal of both legislative initiatives is to expand the participation of young people in events aimed at improving employment. The National Alliance had also helped conceptually support an initiative by the Union of Greens and Farmers, which provides for providing Saeima with the authority to elect candidates for the post of EU Commissioner. Other members of the coalition voted against it.

Co-Chairman of National Alliance Raivis Dzintars told LETA in his interview that his political force voted in favour of the aforementioned initiatives because it believes in them. Dzintars says the selection of a EU Commissioner should not take place behind the scenes. It should be as open as possible. According to him, it is also worth discussing the involvement of the parliament in this process. It is also important to discuss the problems of youth employment.

Dzintars also said that – if the coalition agreement truly is strictly followed, sometimes coalition partners need to agree on things they have different opinions about. The coalition agreement is more or less out of play at the moment. Every problem is discussed separately. The head of NA once again promised that his political union will not do anything to ruin the budget plan or create problems for the state. However, initiatives and amendments will be discussed and analysed in accordance with ‘beliefs and political agenda’ of NA.

As it was previously reported, National Alliance had turned to Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis with a request to dismiss Justice Minister Janis Bordans from his post earlier this November.

However, Dombrovskis decided not to request Bordans’ resignation, saying that it is more important to continue the minister’s proposed reforms. This had only increased tension between coalition partners. National Alliance had then announced that this marks the end for the coalition agreement.

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