PM candidate Siliņa: coalition talks must be brief

Following the decision of the current Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) to resign, the candidate for the post, current Minister for Welfare Evika Siliņa told Latvian Television August 17 that negotiations on the formation of the next government cannot be dragged on longer.

She said that New Unity, following the call of Kariņš to extend the coalition, had been negotiating all summer with the current coalition partners, the National Alliance and the United List, and also with the opposition Union of Greens and Farmers and the Progressives.

So now, although she is interested in forming a wider coalition, “the conversation cannot be long, can't afford for it to be dragged for months”, said Siliņa.

Support for membership of the new government under the leadership of the New Unity was already expressed by the Greens and the Progressives, and now Siliņa would like to hear whether the National Alliance and the United List would be prepared to “come under my leadership in the coalition and work”.

Siliņa acknowledged that she was prepared to continue working with professional ministers of the existing government, but did not reveal which ministers.

Siliņa also stressed that the new government will have to quickly come up with next year's budget, which will be a challenge because it is difficult to align entrepreneurs' calls to reduce taxes with the need to fund different national needs. Under the law, the budget bill is due to be submitted to Parliament by October 15.

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