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Talks on coalition. Day five – confusion

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Solvita Aboltina and Valdis Zatlers

The fifth day of the talks on the ruling coalition building can be characterised with a single word – confusion. Unity is confused about what Zatlers Reform Party (ZRP) is doing, while the national association All for Latvia!-TB/LNNK in turn is confused why Unity is confused.

Unity leaders Solvita Aboltina and Valdis Dombrovskis have publicly given ZRP the right to name the third coalition partner. Doctor Zatlers made use of such “a gift” by meeting eye to eye with the formal winner of the 11th Saeima elections – the politic association Harmony Center (HC). This in turn somehow upset Edgars Jaunups, who takes up a relatively modest post of Unity faction co-chair in Riga City Council, but still plays a major role in developing strategy of the party. Jaunups was confused since he had hoped, according to Apollo.lv, that ex-president Zatlers had already admitted that holding separate talks with HC was a mistake.

Not only did Zatlers not regret his move, he also came up with yet another unexpected turn of events by proposing to set up two parallel expert groups: ZRP + Unity +AF-TB/LNNK and ZRP + Unity + HC. Social democrats HC and the National Association do not seem to mind, while Unity decided to respond. Aboltina wonders whether there will really be two Declarations of the Government. She is afraid Zatlers’ idea could trigger chaos.

Information agency BNN analysts are set to dispel Unity Chairwoman’s confusion. AL/TB-LNNK issued a statement in response to Aboltina’s doubts (cited in Delfi.lv): “Latvia must be modern, wealthy, fair and also Latvian. We can achieve this with the help of loyal Latvians. This also implies issue of cultural minorities. The principle of Latvian Latvia is the only way how to preserve and strengthen our independence as well as to give Latvians and all who love the country the sense of home.” Clearly, Zatlers would definitely agree to this.

The unexpected move of ZRP is nothing but demonstration of his political muscle, which is getting strength with each day of the negotiations. Zatlers definitely makes it clear to his potential partners who is the host in this house. He is not just some “elder brother”. In fact, Abotlina gets that. Otherwise, she would not say that Unity’s inclusion in both of the expert groups still calls for a decision from the party she herself chairs.

Under these circumstances, much depends on who is more patient. On the one hand, it is about Unity saving its face as an almost equal of ZRP. On the other hand, it is fixing in the mind of parliamentary parties’ leaders that Unity’s politic potential is actually playing a bigger role than assigned by Zatlers.

However, Zatlers should not forget that patience of Aboltina-Dombrovskis team has its limits as well. They have been moved aside to play mere supporting roles. Resistance could take the form of Unity + AL/TB-LNNK + Greens and Farmers Union. Yes, it is just 47 seats in total, but practice shows that the young Latvian parliamentarism is already experienced in “scholarships” for deputies when money turns out to be much stronger than ideologies of parties.


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  1. Library man says:

    And eventually everyone is confused and people are still waiting for the answer “Will oligarch party (HC) be included in the coalition?” We”ll see.

  2. ED says:

    I think it will work out. The Zatler team will pull it all together.

  3. Zelmenis says:

    I think also that ZRP will be OK. Latvians should stay supportive.

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