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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWith KPV LV refusing to attend repeated talks with the New Conservative Party on Friday, 12 October, and Attīstībai/Par! party announcing commencement of mutual talks with separate political forces, chances of hearing any news about the next government’s composition this week become zero.

Bilateral talks on the formation of a new government have been organized by NCP and KPV LV. For two days now NCP has been regularly meeting with newly elected political parties, except Concord. The second phase of talks commenced on Friday. Talks will be continued with KPV LV, Attīstībai/Par!, National Alliance and New Unity. NCP has refused to cooperate with the Union of Greens and Farmers in the new government.

KPV LV has met with three parties since Tuesday – NCP, AP and NA. The party also plans to meet with New Unity on Friday and with UGF next Monday, even though previously the party wanted nothing to do with it because UGF had delegated representatives that were not elected to the new Saeima. KPV LV does plan to meet with Concord as part of ‘consultations’, but it will not be government-formation talks.

Because KPV LV has yet to meet with all elected parties, it was decided not to meet with NCP for repeated talks this Friday.

NCP leader Jānis Bordāns said in reaction to this that it should not be a problem to re-schedule a meeting with KPV LV sometime later on Friday, because talks are not expected to be long. He adds there are no communication problems with KPV LV.

AP prime minister candidate Artis Pabriks admits that after the initial euphoria about election results certain complications have since arisen in government formation talks. Pabriks believes the first round of talks has presented more questions than answers.

The politician stresses that in talks with KPV LV, AP has mentioned that two of KPV LV party’s deputies [Artuss Kaimiņš and Atis Zakatistovs] face criminal charges over possible illegal party financing. AP wanted to find out what colleagues’ reaction would be in this case. KPV LV responded by saying that a vote will be held in relation to allowing criminal prosecution of those two. AP finds that unacceptable. AP has also received no word from NCP in relation to what this party would find as an appropriate position from KPV LV.

On Thursday, Pabriks’ represented party announced plans to organize its own bilateral talks with political parties. Still, the party does not plan to take on the reins over government formation. The party does want to consult with others on the current situation. AP plans to meet with New Unity, National Alliance and UGF.

NCP leader Bordāns said he has no negative opinion on this, because there was never any agreement in regards to talking or not talking with anyone. He does question AP’s plans to meet with UGF. However, if the meeting is planned for consultation purposes and not government formation, Bordāns will not view this negatively.

In spite of that, NCP still plans to organize a press-conference to report on talks and results accomplished so far.


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