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NCP’s proposed government model receives the first rejection

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe government model proposed by the New Conservative Party has received its first rejection. Additionally, there are other parties that believe it is necessary to agree on tasks before picking posts.

NCP offers forming a five-party coalition together with Attīstībai/Par!, New Unity, National Alliance ‘All For Latvia!’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ and KPV LV. This would leave Harmony and the Union of Greens and Farmers in the opposition.

The board of Attīstībai/Par! has decided to reject NCP’s government model, saying that it does not present an agreement on tasks, rather a division of posts, which the party finds unacceptable. The party’s co-chairman Juris Pūce explained that his party intends to hold discussions regarding upcoming tasks for the next government with six parties – KPV LV, NCP, National Alliance, New Unity and UGF. The latter is a party NCP does not want to see in the government.

Attīstībai/Par! plans to formulate a list of principles, goals and tasks to present to potential cooperation partners. «Ideally the party will have discussed matters with other five parties prior to upcoming talks regarding the state president topic.»

When asked if the party also plans to take the initiative in talks regarding posts, Pūce said it is too early to discuss that.

While Attīstībai/Par! has rejected NCP’s offer, other parties asked to work in the new coalition have yet to formulate their opinions. At the same time, some parties agree that it is more important to agree on tasks rather than focus on posts.

New Unity’s chairman Krišjānis Kariņš said that it is hard to comment on the decision made by Attīstībai/Par!, because this is something new to him. At the same time, he agreed that parties should focus on tasks, including reforms, the budget and funding sources for social policy.

According to Kariņš, until now talks between parties elected to the new Saeima have been promising – common ground was found. He believes talks should continue for the time being. «We should all keep in mind that Saeima is no place for lone warriors – we should all learn to work together,» he said.

National Alliance’s politician Roberts Zīle agrees that it is far more important to reach an agreement on tasks before discussing posts in the government.

According to UGF leader Augusts Brigmanis, his party had a good start with Attīstībai/Par! at first. The two parties plan to hold further discussions. He agreed that it is necessary to discuss tasks and completion terms before discussing posts in the government.

«The first topic to discuss should be the next year’s budget. We have to agree on the terms the budget is be completed by. We also need to continue working on other matters, including mandatory procurement component and regional reforms. […] There is a lot of work ahead. We have to discuss and find solutions to them. It is also important to compile new Saeima institutions and committees for them to start working on time,» said Brigmanis.

Meanwhile, KPV LV co-chairman Artuss Kaimiņš says this is new information for him. He plans to comment on it on Tuesday once he has discussed everything with his colleagues and parties with which KPV LV plans to meet.

At the same time, KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems mentioned this Monday that he believes NCP’s decision came as a surprise. Gobzems also said his party is due to meet with NCP on Tuesday, 16 October.

NCP leader Jānis Bordāns says his party will not change its mind – neither in relation to its proposed government model, nor the refusal to work with UGF.

Commenting on the statement made by Attīstībai/Par! in regards to rejecting NCP’s offer, Bordāns urged potential partners to have a closer look at his party’s offer. The politician said that NCP had planned to continue talks about the government’s tasks with potential partners this week. The party had planned to work on the government’s declaration.

«It is odd to see them [potential partners] to miss this portion of the offer and search for reasons not to discuss it,» said Bordāns. He believes parties’ dissatisfaction is related to NCP’s decision to leave out UGF. He asks parties to provide constructive offers.


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