Latvia's coalition expects clarity on future work

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Although the partners of New Unity in the current three-party coalition – the National Alliance and the United List – do not support the desire of Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš to extend the coalition, they will not support the resignation of the PM requested by the opposition either, party representatives said after a meeting on Monday, June 12.

On Thursday, June 15, the Saeima will decide at an emergency meeting on the opposition parties Latvia First and For Stability!'s motion of no confidence in PM Kariņš. In a press conference following the coalition cooperation meeting, Kariņš, the Chairman of the United List Saeima faction Edgars Tavars and a representative of the National Alliance, Economics Minister Ilze Indriksone confirmed that they would not support this opposition demand for the PM's resignation despite current differences.

Kariņš said there was no justification for the request and he wants to attract additional forces into government so that the coalition can work more effectively: “It's not that this coalition and this government wouldn't be able to work. Just that I would like to attract additional forces from the opposition so that we can do our job more quickly and effectively.”

Tavars stated that the party had discussed this issue: “The United List does not support the request for resignation of the Head of Government.” Similarly, in the words of the head of the faction of the National Alliance, the earth will start turning the opposite direction if the opposition parties do not use any moments of tension in their own favor. 

“The sooner there is clarity, the better for society as a whole,” Tavars said.

Indriksone also said the National Alliance won't support the demand for Kariņš' resignation because the party sees that “the existing coalition can and wants to work together”.

But she also pointed out that it would be better for everyone to “not sit on the suitcases and not wait for the next government”, so it should be clarified as soon as possible. If the decision is to start new coalition talks, it will already be another process, she added.

Last week, New Unity met with representatives of both the Union of Greens and Farmers and the Progressives. This week, representatives of New Unity will meet with existing partners to discuss a potential coalition extension.

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