Posts tagged as Coalition

Kariņš: coalition objects lowered requirements for State Police chief candidates

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The ruling coalition in Latvia objects against lowered requirements for candidates who want to become the next chief of State Police, not the organization of a selection process, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš after a coalition meeting on Monday, 20 January. Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens told journalists on Monday, 20 January, that the coalition did not support his proposal for picking a new State Police chief through a…

Reform and Center Party Tartu City Government coalition collapses

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The coalition of the Reform Party and Center Party on Tartu City Government has broken down, with the majority Reform Party aiming to enter negotiations with the Social Democratic Party (SDE), aiming for a new coalition partnership. “We have a situation where the Center Party is not united on how to resolve conflicts within the party, so it is difficult to see how the Center Party can participate in managing…

Dzintars not sure about readiness of pro-Latvian parties to replace current coalition in Riga

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

National Alliance chairman Raivis Dzintars is not sure an electoral bloc of political parties with a predominantly ethnic Latvian electorate is ready to replace the current ruling coalition in Riga, the politician said in an interview with Latvian Television today. Dzintars said that Riga City Council’s current pro-Moscow, inefficient coalition had to be replaced long ago but the question is about the pro-Latvian parties’ readiness to unite and put together…

Discord over support for LGBT association in Estonia

Friday, October 18, 2019

Minister of the Interior and chairman of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) Mart Helme said on Thursday that discord over the allocation of support to the Estonian LGBT Association will not split up the coalition. Speaking at Thursday’s government press conference, Helme said that this issue has been an important one for EKRE “since the very beginning,” adding that they were the ones who raised the subject. “It…

Harmony and GKR sign coalition agreement after reaching compromise

Monday, August 19, 2019

Harmony and Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) have finally reached a comprise and signed a coalition agreement, representatives of the two political parties announced after a meeting on Monday. As a result of this, Olegs Burovs (GKR), who is running for the post of Riga mayor, can count on 35 votes, including 11 from his GKR party, 17 from Harmony, four from the Group of Independent Councilmen and three from…

Coalition agreed on pension reform bill, differ on ensuing pension hike

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The coalition government came to an agreement Monday night to carry out pension reform in one move, with money saved contributing to a pension hike, ERR’s online news in Estonian reports. The issue has seen some differences of opinion on making a pensions hike contingent on the bill, however, with Centre and EKRE broadly speaking in favor of this, and Isamaa more sceptical. Making the so-called second pillar of the…

It is normal for coalition parties to fight for their interests, but it is important for these efforts not to become destructive

Thursday, July 25, 2019

It is normal for coalition parties to fight for their interests, but it is important for these efforts not to become destructive, the deputy head of the National Alliance’s group at Saeima Janis Dombrava told LETA, commenting the recent disagreements within the coalition. The politician said that political organizations usually try to draw attention to themselves, but that he hopes that the productive work of the coalition will continue. He…

Lithuanian president to nominate Skvernelis for PM after courtesy resignation

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lithuania’s new President Gitanas Nauseda is expected to nominate on Thursday Saulius Skvernelis for reappointment as prime minister by the parliament. Skvernelis returned his Cabinet’s powers to Nauseda after he was sworn in as president last Friday. The procedure, which is sometimes called “courtesy resignation”, is envisaged in the Constitution. On Thursday, Skvernelis is expected to answer questions from lawmakers, with a vote on his reappointment planned for next Tuesday.…

Lithuanian parlt speaker faces no-confidence vote after his party approves coalition deal

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, faces a no-confidence vote in the parliament to remove him from office after the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) has approved a new coalition agreement. In an open ballot vote on Monday evening, the LFGU council supported the agreement with 68 votes in favor, one against and seven abstentions, Ramunas Karbauskis, the party’s leader, told reporters in Kaunas. “We can say this…

Bill lifting election campaigning restrictions ready for cabinet discussion

Monday, July 8, 2019

A bill aimed at removing the ban on outdoor pre-election political campaign advertising has been drafted by the justice ministry, Baltic News Service reports. Proponents of the bill say it more accurately reflects the present-day realities of elections in Estonia, compared with the existing legislation, which predates social media and some other developments. The bill, which would also lift restrictions on active election campaigning on polling day, is to be…