PM Kariņš says coalition clarity could come in August

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) plans to clarify the future of the coalition by mid-August, when work on the state budget for 2024 is to be started, Kariņš told the media in a briefing after his final meeting with the departing President Egils Levits on July 6.

Kariņš said that summer was a “time of silence” internationally.

“I will use this time to make it clear whether the government will continue [the work] as it is or in a changed composition,” he said.

The Prime Minister did not forecast any unpredictable turns or changes. “In the second half of August, serious work must be started on next year's state budget. I cannot let there be confusion when starting the budgetary process."

The coalition will be determined by discussions with potential partners and also the willingness of political forces to compromise, said Kariņš, adding that although the negotiations are not conducted with all political forces in the same room, they are constructive with each partner.

President Levits also said that during the summer there should be clarity on what and how the coalition will work until the next Saeima elections in 2026. “There's not as much [international] activity in the summer,” he added.

The departing President expressed that the existing coalition continues, “if all three parties sit down at the table and say everything that has piled up and the future running of government”.


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