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Politologist: Artis Pabriks would not be a good choice for prime minister

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian President Raimonds Vējonis should nominate a neutral politician as the next prime minister candidate, someone who hasn’t insulted New Conservative Party and KPV LV yet, says politologist Juris Rozenvalds.

He explains that because of this reason Artis Pabriks would not be a good choice, nor would it be a good idea to nominate someone from the Union of Greens and Farmers. According to Rozenvalds, someone like Roberts Zīle (National Alliance) would be a good choice, as would be someone from New Unity or Attīstībai/Par.

«Considering elected politicians’ somewhat complicated relationships on a personal level, government formation is going slowly. I fear the next government may turn out unstable and less consequent in relation to reforms. So far politicians have yet to try agreeing on future tasks,» says Rozenvalds.

According to him, parties’ red lines consist of mutual insults on a personal level instead of different political views.

The politologist says the next party in charge of government formation should be especially careful – if NCP and KPV LV do not sign the government declaration, Latvia might get a minority government, because Harmony would not support a Cabinet of Ministers the party is not represented in.

As reported, several political parties have said they do not plan to engage in discussions of new offers from prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems.

Gobzems offered parties a new plan – continue government formation talks in a four-party process, without the Union of Greens and Farmers. He decided to drop his previous proposal on forming a government from non-party ministers.

When asked to comment this information, Gobzems only said: «I can only say that I continue working on the best possible government model». He reminds that he will have a meeting soon with President Raimonds Vējonis. Gobzems did not offer any more comments on this.

New Unity politician Arvils Ašeradens has confirmed receiving a call from Gobzems, proposing a return to the discussion table in a four-party coalition formation team. On Friday, 7 December, NU board decided to discontinue talks with Gobzems. This means only the party’s board will be able to decide on this proposal on Monday, 10 December.

National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’-‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ chairman Raivis Dzintars said after the exit by NU and NCP from government formation talks, Gobzems can no longer secure majority support in the Saeima. With that, discussing the matter further is no longer topical.

NCP leader Jānis Bordāns said it is currently unknown what other party may decide to do.

On Friday, 7 December, Gobzems withdrew his previous offer on forming the government from non-party professionals.

However, the majority of political parties expect further steps in the government formation process from President Raimonds Vējonis. AP believes parties could reach an agreement on a prime minister candidate on their own.

AP co-chairman Juris Pūce said it is necessary to conclude Gobzems’ government formation process even in spite of Gobzems’ intention to keep moving forward and offering something to the president. «This process has to end somewhere. Now it’s a farce – one person’s suffering we are forced to observe and comment. It is clear there will not be Gobzems’ government,» added Pūce.

AP leader Artis Pabriks says he remains ready to become prime minister candidate.

UGF politician Augusts Brigmanis reminded that 10 December is the president’s deadline for Gobzems to offer a government with majority support in the Saeima. Gobzems will hold a meeting with the president this Monday. Once the meeting is done, the president will announce his decision, said Brigmanis.

He stressed that instead of preparing for joint work, parties divide. With that, Brigmanis is skeptical about parties reaching an agreement. Politics is the art of compromise, he said.

Krišjānis Kariņš, leader of New Unity, stresses that the president plays a role no other president has played in the years since the restoration of independence. He adds NU will observe the president’s decision.

NU also believes it is possible to form a stable centre-right majority government, but with a different prime minister at the helm. Kariņš explains it is possible to count 77 votes from political parties with similar political programmes – these parties should be the ones to form the government.

Saeima speaker Ināra Mūrniece told journalists that NA will respect the next candidate the president may nominate. When asked if this means her party will not offer anything itself, Mūrniece said the decision is in the hands of the president.

NCP also does not support Gobzems’ proposal for non-party ministers. Considering the deadline given by the president and Gobzems’ new offer, he has no way of forming a new government, says Jānis Bordāns.

KPV LV leader Artuss Kaimiņš had previously said he would not support the offer of non-party ministers, because it would only increase Harmony’s say in decision-making processes. Kaimiņš stressed that is his personal opinion and that KPV LV board has yet to discuss this matter. «I have personally promised to voters that there will be no government with Harmony in it. I personally do not support this model, but the faction has yet to discuss it,» he said.

Gobzems said KPV LV had previously discussed contents of the Constitution – that the government is formed by the prime minister and that his decisions require no harmonizing with others. He also said that once a government composition has been agreed upon, it should be presented to the faction to secure their support. He said KPV LV is a democratic organization.

On Monday, 10 December, Gobzems will meet with President Raimonds Vējonis.


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