United List says it won't support government with Lembergs' influence

The United List (AS) political force will not support the potential future government of Evika Siliņa (New Unity), which has already agreed to work with the Progressives and Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS), AS said in a statement on September 1.

In a statement to the media, the United List states that it will not support a “fragile, state-security and international reputation-weakening government with the decisive influence of [ZZS politician Aivars] Lembergs.”

The United list state that the president called for the start of a government from a blank page involving five parties in forming a coalition, but New Unity has chosen, according to AS, to “perform an agreement hidden from the public”.

The United List takes the view that the current coalition partners – the National Alliance – were excluded from the negotiations, while AS's proposals for a real reduction in the impact of sanctioned individuals have been ignored, and the New Unity and Progressives “are prepared to give up their previously expressed rock-solid and principled views on the fight against corruption, oligarchs and state theft”, AS said.

AS will not support an “unstable, national security and international reputation-weakening government with Lembergs' decisive influence. If the JV and Prime Minister candidate Evika Siliņa are genuinely interested in strengthening and developing Latvia's security and are prepared to continue negotiations on creating a more relevant government model for national security and national interests, AS is open to such a process”, the political force said.

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