Latvia's coalition parties sign next government agreement

The political forces forming the new coalition - New Unity, United List and National Alliance – signed an agreement on the establishment of the government on December 14.

The Saeima vote on expressing confidence in the new government is also expected today.

Before the agreement to set up a government, the parties had completed work on a government declaration, a cooperation agreement and a fiscal discipline agreement.

The coalition was informally established about a month after the Saeima elections on October 1, when the cooperation memorandum was signed. However, further negotiations were slow with few significant updates. Two and a half months after the election, Latvia is finally set to have a new government.

The ministerial offices are planned thus:

  • Prime Minister – Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš (JV)
  • Defense Minister – Ināra Mūrniece (NA)
  • Foreign Minister – Edgars Rinkēvičs (JV)
  • Economics Minister – Ilze Indriksone (NA)
  • Finance Minister – Arvils Ašeradens (JV)
  • Interior Minister – Māris Kučinskis (AS)
  • Education and Science Minister – Anda Čakša (JV)
  • Climate and Energy Minister – Raimonds Čudars (JV)
  • Culture Minister – Nauris Puntulis (NA)
  • Welfare Minister – Evika Siliņa (JV)
  • Transport Minister – Jānis Vitenbergs (NA)
  • Justice Minister – Inese Lībiņa-Egnere (JV)
  • Health Minister – Līga Meņģelsone (AS)
  • Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister – Māris Sprindžuks (AS)
  • Agriculture Minister – Didzis Šmits (AS).
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