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Priorities of Bordāns’ potential government in Latvia are taking shape

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFive political parties New Conservative Party would like to see in the next Cabinet of Ministers have reached an agreement on priorities of the potential new government in Latvia. More clarity on the possible division of posts, however, was not reached at the first round of talks this Monday.

NCP leader Jānis Bordāns, who was previously nominated by Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis as a perspective prime minister candidate, met with political parties on Monday, 12 November. After a three-hour-long meeting with potential partners, he told journalists that an agreement was reached on eight priorities. Among those priorities he mentioned rule of law, resolution of the mandatory procurement component problem, reduction of social inequality, education, changes in healthcare, demographic problems, administrative territorial reform, as well as financial stability and security.

According to him, politicians discussed the government declaration plan. He said potential partners have no conflicting opinions on priorities. Nevertheless, there were some objections in regards to certain points, including the use of state language in education facilities and provision of Latvian citizenship to non-citizens’ children born in Latvia.

Jānis Dombrava, member of the National Alliance ‘All of Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’, mentioned among other things that the meeting had also addressed NCP’s objections in regards to the programme offered by the National Alliance. Dombrava explained that his party objects automatic provision of citizenship to non-citizens’ children, as well as influx of immigrants. He also mentioned that the party has concerns for other matters.

Juris Pūce, co-chairman of Attīstībai/Par!, said it is still necessary to resolve many more issues in government talks, including the reforms in healthcare and regional administration. Representatives of five parties widely discussed the proposed government declaration project, as well as outlined new priorities. He explained that more discussions should be held in the future. He also added that his party is happy to know work continues.

When asked if progress was made in talks, Pūce said yes, adding that an agreement was also reached.

KPV LV co-chairman Artuss Kaimiņš mentioned that government formation talks turned out better than previously expected. Commenting on concerns regarding no work being done in the Saeima, Kaimiņš stressed there is no need to worry, adding that work is being done to form a stable government. The politician asked eight days to form the government, promising to achieve the best result for Latvia’s centenary.

Bordāns did not reveal the proposed division of posts in the new government, saying that discussions will continue on that. At the same time, he mentioned there could be proportionality principle applied there. This means each party would get three seats in the government, except for New Unity, which would get two seats.

The politician added that the seat of Saeima speaker should be taken into account as well.

Politicians of other political parties also said representatives have not reached an agreement in regards to the division of ministries.

Previously NPC said it would like to be in charge of Finance Ministry and Interior Affairs Ministry. It was also reported that this party might get Education and Science Ministry.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 13 November.

Five political parties are involved in government formation talks – NCP, KPV LV, Attīstībai/Par!, National Alliance and New Unity.


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