KPV LV will be part of coalition, says party leader

The KPV LV party will make it into the 13th Saeima (the Latvian parliament) and be part of the next government, KPV LV co-chair Artuss Kaimiņš told Latvian Radio August 29.

In a markedly heated interview, Kaimiņš said he is convinced his party will have "very good results" in the upcoming elections, slated for October 6. He did not name any potential coalition partners for KPV LV, however, saying that it depends on the degree they will be willing to accept KPV LV's election program. 

Kaimiņš did not rule out cooperation with Harmony, a nominally social democrat party that traditionally attracts a big part of the Russian-speaking vote. 

"Harmony is a thing with two faces, like a two-headed dragon. One is Putin's head, while the other represents a big part of Latvia's population, the Russian speakers," he said.

He appeared to draw red lines for cooperation with Harmony in that, should it wish to cooperate, it would have to admit that Crimea and Latvia were occupied, as well as accept Latvian as the only language of tuition. 

A maverick MP in the habit of walking around with a webcam (which he also had for the Latvian Radio interview), Kaimiņš confirmed that he would remain a member of the parliament should KPV LV make it past the 5% vote threshold required to win seats at the Saeima.

Party ratings for August put support for KPV LV at 7.5%, just behind Harmony (21.5%) and the Greens and Farmers Union (11.5%).

Read more about KPV LV's proposed policies in our overview about the parties vying to get seats at the 13th Saeima

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