Government declaration to cover four main areas

The prospective government of Krišjānis Kariņš ("New Unity") will be split into four parts covering the economy, citizens' welfare, national security and foreign policy, as well as governance issues, an informal draft declaration made available to the Latvian Radio shows.

The key points of the document include:

  • In the economic sphere, the declaration makes a commitment to dismantling OIK, combating gambling, reducing VAT on fresh meat and other suggestions;
  • The future Cabinet of Ministers plans to improve the pension system, to include of all residents of Latvia in the compulsory health care financing model and to pay attention to the preservation of schools in the border area of ​​the European Union (EU);
  • State security issues are planned to be solved by strengthening the home affairs services and more actively working with international partners;
  • Governance issues will be linked to administrative-territorial reform, particularly at local level.

The official text of the declaration has yet to be released, but will be made available prior to a vote on installation of a new government expected on Wednesday, January 23.

On January 7, President Vējonis nominated Krišjānis Kariņš to be Latvia's next prime minister. His will be a five-party coalition consisting of New Unity, the National Alliance, the New Conservatives, Development/For! and most of the KPV LV party. Though nominally the coalition would control 66 or 100 seats in Saeima, several KPV LV deputies have said they will not support the government and on Monday Kariņš indicated he thought the coalition would actually command 61 seats.

Parliamentary elections were held on October 6, 2018 and have been continuing ever since. 

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