Government formation talks to continue in Latvia

On Thursday, 3 January, KPV LV Saeima faction decided to continue government formation talks by submitting a number of requests to the so-called coalition core, as journalists were told by KPV LV faction leader Atis Zakatistovs.

He did not reveal the requests, nor did he answer the question of whether or not KPV LV maintains Aldis Gobzems as its candidate for the post of Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minister. Zakatistovs did say that Gobzems’ candidacy has become something of an obstacle for the new government’s formation. He also mentioned that his party has put up a total of five requests.

According to information from LETA, the requests from KPV LV provide the following – making New Unity’s representative Krišjānis Kariņš as the head of the government, giving KPV LV the seat of Finance Ministry’s parliamentary secretary and the seat of Saeima’s National Economy Committee’s chairman. Other requests are related to involvement in the territorial reform’s implementation.

The current head of the National Economy Committee is Jānis Dūklavs from the Union of Greens and Farmers. The government composition plan by Kariņš includes creating a new post in the government – the Minister for Demographic Affairs. This seat could be given to Imants Parādnieks from the National Alliance. It is possible this offer was made to secure NA three seats in the government.

Zakatistovs says all requests have support from the faction. Gobzems and KPV LV leader Artuss Kaimiņš did not provide any comments after the meeting of the faction, saying that Zakatistovs is the one who is authorized to answer questions.

KPV LV faction leader confirmed that the party is prepared to work in a government with Kariņš at the helm if government formation talks lead to an appropriate result.

Gobzems later told journalists that he has personally rejected taking the post of interior affairs minister. He says it is not related to the faction’s decision.

The politician made this decision because he had previously decided to vote against Unity’s being in charge of the government, he said.

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