Government-building talks still ongoing in Latvia

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Leader of coalition negotiations, current Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) is expecting a clear response from the next coalition partners United List (AS) on the division of ministerial responsibilities by the end of the week, Kariņš said after a meeting with AS on Wednesday, November 9.

Without a response from AS regarding the areas of responsibility in the government formation process, it will not proceed, said Kariņš.

"The only way we can break the ice is to agree to go forward with the model I offer to take the responsibility of the [three emerging coalition partners] for 14 spheres and to start working on a government declaration. If we cannot be clear this week, we will probably not be clear at all. Reaching the next step and writing the government declaration will represent a challenge in itself," said Kariņš.

In the meantime, the representatives of the United List continue to insist that, before ministerial portfolios are distributed, it should be clear about the challenges and what can be done in different sectors. First of all, there must be joint responsibility for all sectors and budget opportunities, said one of the AS leaders, Edvards Smiltēns.

"A cat in a bag is being offered right now. A box with a huge question mark, a surprise. From the beginning, divide chairs in which we will not know what partners will support, what opportunities there will be to finance the sectors concerned, and what results will be achieved. We want to turn this case upside down," Smiltēns said.

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