KPV LV deputies not enthusiastic about Latvia's proposed coalition

The inter-party and intra-party intrigues of Latvia's coalition formation process appear to be far from over with several members of the KPV LV political party saying they would prefer not to be part of a government headed by Krišjānis Kariņš of the New Unity party.

Two of KPV LV's 16 Saeima deputies - Linda Liepiņa and Karina Sprūde - announced on Facebook that they were not inclined to support a future Kariņš government, even if KPV LV is part of it.

Liepiņa said she took exception to the lack of a commitment to immediately do away with the "OIK" electricity surcharge and that if such a thing did appear she might "try to persuade her right hand to vote FOR," even though she didn't like it.

"I didn't come into politics in order to listen to and believe bullshit," she said in a phrase aimed at Kariņš' fellow party member Arvils Ašeradens and his own attempts to resolve the OIK situation.

Sprūde's wording in her statement was similar, right down to an identical affirmation that she, too, had not come into politics in order to listen to and believe bullshit and that her right hand, like Liepiņa's, would require considerable persuasion.

According to the information available to LTV, Kariņš intends to meet with the KPV LV parliamentary faction on January 18th.

The views of the two Saeima deputies emerged a day after KPV LV's former Prime Ministerial nominee, Aldis Gobzems, said joining a Kariņš administration would be a "mistake". Gobzems was the second nominee PM named by President Raimonds Vējonis, but his attempt to form a government foundered.  

Tensions within the relatively young KPV LV party appear to be on a rolling boil. As previously reported  by LSM, earlier this week an attempt by party members to strip party founder Artuss Kaimiņš of a role on a parliamentary committee narrowly failed, with the party split on the matter in a no-confidence vote.

KPV LV holds 16 of the Saeima's 100 mandates and would hold three ministerial posts in a Kariņš-led executive, according to initial plans. 

On January 7, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis nominated Krišjānis Karins as Prime Minister to lead a five-party coalition government made up of New Unity, the New Conservative Party (JKP), Development/For!, the National Alliance and KPV LV. 

The parties hope to hold a Saeima vote approving a new administration by the end of January.

Parliamentary elections took place on October 6, 2018 and talks abotu forming a government have been continuing ever since.

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