Latvia will most likely have to wait for government’s approval until next year

Although a large number of potential minister candidates for Krišjāņis Kariņš’s proposed government, it is unlikely for the new government to be approved this year, according to politicians participating in government formation talks.

Prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš from New Unity had previously said he would wait for a response from New Conservative Party, KPV LV, Attīstībai/Par and National Alliance if they agree to his proposed government composition and specific minister candidates until Wednesday.

If Kariņš receives support from parties, he will turn to President Raimonds Vējonis with a request to nominate him as prime minister candidate officially.

The aforementioned parties have expressed conceptual support for Kariņš’s offer. He may meet with the president on either Wednesday or Thursday.

When asked if Vējonis plans to meet with parties or Krišjānis Kariņš, the State President’s Chancellery responded by saying the it is in the works. More detailed information is promised to be reported on Wednesday, 19 December.

Because Kariņš is a member of the European Parliament, he was in Brussels on Tuesday, 18 December. He returned to Latvia on Wednesday.

Even if he is nominated for the post of prime minister this week, the government is unlikely to be approved this year, considering it is also necessary to approve the government declaration. Saeima’s last meeting for this year is planned to take place this week.

Parties need to inform Kariņš about minister candidates. New Unity had previously said Edgars Rinkēvičs may remain Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister. However, the party said it has multiple finance minister candidate and this matter has not yet been discussed. Candidates include Jānis Reirs and Arvils Ašeradens.

AP has decided to propose Artis Pabriks for the post of Latvia’s Defence Minister. The party’s Environment Protection Minister candidate is Juris Pūce and Ilze Viņķele is the party’s Healthcare Minister candidate.

National Alliance believes Dace Melbārde should remain the country’s Culture Minister. Imants Parādnieks could be the party’s special minister for demographic affairs. NA also wants Kaspars Gerhards to remain Latvia’s Agriculture Minister.

NCP has yet to decide on its candidates. However, Jānis Bordāns may be nominated as the party’s Justice Minister candidate, Tālis Linkaits may be the party’s Transport Minister candidate.

KPV LV has yet to announce its candidates, saying that the party will decide on candidates on Wednesday, 19 December.

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