Coalition cooperation agreement could be signed this week: Kariņš

The Memorandum of Cooperation between the New Unity (JV), the National Alliance (NA) and the United List (AS) could be signed this week Wednesday or Thursday, according to JV leader, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, LETA reported on October 25.

On Wednesday, it will be seen what corrections to the agreement the potential coalition partners will offer and a discussion will also take place, the JV leader said.

In the view of the JV, the memorandum should be signed as it is also based on discussions with representatives of AS and NA in recent weeks in the coalition talks.

Once the document was signed, it would be possible to move forward much more rapidly with further detailed drafting of the government declaration, said Kariņš.

The Memorandum of Cooperation provides for the willingness of political forces to take responsibility for state development and people's well-being and an agreement on the fundamental principles of government formation and the jointly stated objectives of strengthening national security, economic growth, and the development of a socially fair, inclusive society, he said.

As reported earlier by LSM, a three-party model consisting of Jaunā Vienotība (New Unity, JV), Nacionālā Apvienība (National Alliance, NA) and Apvienotais Saraksts (United List, AS) would form the coalition. Three-week long talks in which New Unity tried to reach the inclusion of Progressives in the coalition, have left the Progressives out. However, New Unity's leader Krišjānis Kariņš noted that a bilateral agreement could be reached between JV and Progressives to support the government in parliamentary votes in exchange for a ministerial portfolio under the aegis of New Unity, but Progressives declined that offer.

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