Talks about government composition grind on without clear progress

The United List (AS) expects clarity from New Unity (JV) on whether or not coalition expansion negotiations are currently taking place, while the National Alliance (NA) expects a clear answer from Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (JV) about whether the government will continue in its present JV/AS/NA composition, writes the LETA news agency June 26.

Meanwhile, the opposition Progressives party wants in-depth party negotiations on same-sex partnership laws as a condition of its potential involvement in government.

Edgars Tavars, the chairman of the United List Saeima faction said: "We want to hear the truth, whether this coalition will exist, or whether we are going to destroy the coalition. It is difficult to add some [other] political force to the coalition. In such a situation, perhaps the current government should fall and form a new and broader one," said Tavars.

Meanwhile, National Alliance board member and Saeima deputy Jānis Dombrava, said that NA expects a clear answer from Prime Minister Kariņš on whether the work of the government will continue with the existing hthree-party composition, as it is not yet completely clear where the negotiations organized by the JV are heading, Dombrava suggested, without being directly quoted by LETA. 

In Dombrava's opinion, it is not correct to speak about five-party negotiations (the three ruling parties plus the Progressives and Greens and Farmers Union), because they are in effect New Unity's negotiations with opposition parties.

According to Dombrava it seems illogical to court opposition parties "if the cooperation so far, in his [Kariņš'] own words, is very good between the government parties".

Further, the Progressives party wants in-depth party negotiations on the possible regulation of cohabitation of same-sex couples, said Progressives co-chairman and Saeima deputy Andris Šuvajevs.

The vision of the Progressives is that the solution to the regulation of cohabitation of couples should be such that all couples who register their relationships have automatic obligations and rights regardless of their sex.

The political to-and-fro looks likely to continue for some time, with any dramatic changes probably unlikely before the Latvian Song and Dance Festival concludes and Edgars Rinkēvičs is installed as the new State President.  


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