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NCP leader: first round of talks has made government formation one step closer in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe first round of talks with potential cooperation partners has made successful government formation one step closer in Latvia, says New Conservative Party’s prime minister candidate Jānis Bordāns.

Politicians told journalists they view the chances of successfully forming the government as 80% to 20%.

Bordāns said the first phase of government formation talks concluded today with all parties eligible to enter the Saeima – KPV LV, Attīstībai/Par!, National Alliance ‘All for Latvia!’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ and New Unity.

During the second talk organized by representatives of KPV LV and NCP on 8 November, both sides affirmed intentions to support one another in the formation of Bordāns’ government, said KPV LV politician Aldis Gobzems. He said his political party generally supports NCP’s offered strategy for talks. The politician stressed that his party will consequently support Bordāns as a prospective prime minister candidate.

When asked about posts in the government KPV LV wants to take, Gobzems said his party has multiple requests and candidates. Bordāns has been informed as much. The politician said he will not mention any specific posts, adding that this is the responsibility of the prime minister candidate, so the question should be addressed to Bordāns. KPV LV representative reminded that the state president has publicly announced his prime minister candidate. Gobzems said he is prepared to work in the Cabinet of Ministers alongside Bordāns.

KPV LV politician also said that considering what President Raimonds Vējonis said in regards to the need to reinforce the rule of law, Gobzems believes Juta Strīķe as Interior Affairs Minister would fit this definition best. It would also be logical for NCP to take charge over Finance Ministry and let Krišjānis Feldmans to become minister. At the same time, it is necessary to keep in mind nomination of ministers is Bordāns’ responsibility, said KPV LV representative.

Explaining his subjective opinion on what KPV LV has not decided on yet, Gobzems said Mārtiņš Bondars from Attīstībai/Par! would be an appropriate candidate for the post of Latvia’s foreign affairs minister. He explained that KPV LV views USA as Latvia’s strategic partner and Bondars has lasting and positive experience working with politicians from this country.

After meeting with politicians from New Unity, Bordāns said the progress for the formation of the new government was discussed with them. On Friday, 9 November, New Conservative Party plans to submit to its potential partners the view on the plan for the government’s future tasks. On Monday, 12 November, NCP plans to meet with potential coalition partners.

New Unity politician Edgars Rinkēvičs said his party will consider the talks and NCP’s offer to take charge over Foreign Affairs Ministry. New Unity will also present its own plan for the government.

As it is known, Latvian president has given Bordāns two weeks to form a government. If by the end of the allotted period of time the government does not receive support from the majority of the Saeima, the president will pick a different candidate.


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