National Alliance critical of possible coalition expansion

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If new, ideologically different partners are involved in the coalition, the government's work will no longer be as dynamic as it has been so far with three political forces, Raivis Dzintars, leader of the National Alliance, said in an interview on Latvian Television on June 6.

When asked about the argument made by the head of the government, Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity), that there was a need for new dynamics in the reform process, Dzintars said that it was contrary to the logic rules that more and more controversial forces could be involved.

"For example, if the coalition needs to reach a consensus on any budget-related issues. Between how many is the consensus easier to achieve? Three, four or five? [..] So by attracting someone else, ideologically different, with more disagreement, it can only reduce dynamism. It seems extraordinary that [..] absurd arguments that are being used," said Dzintars.

"It looks like New Unity and Union of Greens and Farmers are caught in bed and everything is obvious, but they say in all seriousness that it's not the way it looks [..]", said Dzintars.

He also expressed confidence that the NA would not be able to deliver on its promises to voters by working in a single government with the Progressives” with “huge differences.” “The core values, the basic orientation, are incompatible with the fundamental values of the National Alliance,” said Dzintars. The Progressives representative Antoņina Ņenaševa also told Latvian Radio Tuesday that cooperation with National Alliance was unlikely.

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