Carry on with coalition talks, Levits tells Kariņš

Latvian President Egils Levits received an update from Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš on the ongoing government formation process October 10.

It resulted in the latter being given permission by the former to carry on with more talks.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting between the pair at Rīga Castle Monday afternoon Levits said:

"We saw that there are certain possibilities to agree on the next coalition, so I asked Krišjānis Kariņš to continue in-depth negotiations. These negotiations must lead to a coalition and a government that could work for all four years [of the parliamentary term]."

He added that strengthening the rule of law, economic development and good governance were areas that required particular attention. However, he stopped short of saying how many parties he thinks should be in the coalition. 

For his part, Kariņš emphasized that the negotiations on forming a coalition will become more intense this week with lengthy, in-depth negotiations planned instead of the relatively brief meetings that have taken place between parties during the last week following Saeima elections on October 1. 

The coming week should enable the "skeleton" of a coalition agreement to be drafted, Kariņš said. 

As previously reported by LSM, negotiations center on whether a narrow three-party, right-of-center coalition of New Unity, the National Alliance and the United List will form the executive, or whether a broader four-party model including the left-leaning Progressives will be preferable.

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