National Alliance claims it was unaware of exclusion from government

Prior to this week's public announcement, the National Alliance had not been informed about the move by the Prime Minister candidate Evika Siliņa (New Unity) to form a government without NA, Saeima deputy Jānis Dombrava (NA) told Latvian Television on August 30.

“Listening to yesterday's [LTV] One-on-One broadcast, I would like to be surprised by what Mrs Siliņa said that the National Alliance would have distanced itself from possible work in the government, withdrawn from talks and so on. It's not true. On the contrary, the National Alliance has stated that it is willing to cooperate, to work in specific forms of cooperation, but has not said at any time that it had withdrawn from the negotiations,” Dombrava said.

In addition, specific dates for future negotiations had been scheduled. But after the proposal of the government model announced this week, there was no longer communication on the part of Siliņa, according to Dombrava. The Prime Minister's nominee has not mentioned the move towards the specific government mode in the past in negotiations with the National Alliance.

“The fact that this model will try to move forward no one knew in advance,” Dombrava said.

On Tuesday, Siliņa made a proposal to form a four-party coalition – New Unity, United List, Progressives, and Union of Greens and Farmers. United List later rejected this proposal.

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