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Progressive: government formation talks – old schemes and disrespect towards voters

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPolitical party Progressive is sad to see government formation talks fall apart. According to the party, the arguments used by other political forces to explain the reasons are misleading for society.

«While arguments regarding ‘respect and shortage of trust’ are put in the foreground, everything is done in the backstage to make government formation impossible. Backstage actors – the real players – do not show up for public talks. They instead perform negotiations away from society’s eyes,» the party’s statement mentions.

According to members of Progressive, termination of government formation talks also demonstrates that the policy of a «country that does not care’ remains in Latvia – one of the reason for the end of government formation talks is the inability of parties to agree on a responsible and clear vision for social policy. ‘All of the most important proposals and invitations to mobilize against poverty are rejected,» the party adds.

«13th Saeima elections outlined the possibility of putting an end to oligarchs’ political influence. The worst conclusion one can make from the current government formation process is the old system’s attempts to survive using influence in newly-elected parties,» Progressive party concludes.

The party also believes government formation clearly outlines the difference between a programme-based or value-based policy and political forces using influence to achieve their narrow interests.

Voters have clearly given mandates to specific politicians elected to the 13th Saeima. Now they have to carry this responsibility by breaking free of dirty money and other illegal means of influencing Latvian’s politics, the party’s statement concludes.

BNN had previously reported that three political parties – Attīstībai/Par!, National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’, and New Unity – have decided to exit government formation talks headed by New Conservative Party.

At the same time, New Unity has stated that no decisions have been made so far. All decisions will be made after the faction’s meeting in the evening 14 November. «News regarding New Unity asking the president to name a different prime minister candidate is not true. Our party intends to discuss the political situation first and then decide on future steps during the next meeting of the party’s board,» said Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister and New Unity board member Edgars Rinkēvičs.

When asked about the reasons why Attīstībai/Par! decided to exit government formation talks Daniels , Pavļuts wrote in a letter addressed to his party members that «first of all the the shortage of mutual trust and respect was the main reason for the termination of government coalition talks». As the second reason, the deputy mentioned the estimates provided by Finance Ministry in regards to the costs of implementing Janis Bordāns’ proposed changes, which are estimated around EUR 1.7 billion and EUR 2.4 billion. «Activities of this scale are impossible to implement within a responsible fiscal policy. An enormous budget deficit is unacceptable,» says Pavļuts.

As it is known, the 5% barrier in the 13th Saeima elections was overcome by seven political parties. Harmony received 19.8% of votes, KPV LV – 14.25%, New Conservative Party – 13.59%, Attīstībai/Par! – 12.04%, National Alliance – 11.01%, Union of Greens and Farmers – 9.91%, and New Unity – 6.69%.

Latvian Association of Regions (4.14%), Latvian Russians Union (3.2%), and Progressive party (2.61%) failed to enter the Saeima.

Voters’ activity in the 13th Saeima elections was the lowest since the restoration of Latvia’s independence – 54.6%. 845,196 of the registered 1,548,100 citizens with voting rights had taken part in elections. Activity was the highest in Vidzeme, where voters’ activity was 60.96%, whereas the lowest activity was recorded in Latgale – 43.07%.

As for the division of seats in the Saeima, information from the Central Election Commission shows that Harmony will get 23 seats, KPV LV and NCP – 16 seats each, Attīstībai/Par! and National Alliance – 13 seats each, UGF will get 11 seats and New Unity will get 8.

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