New Conservatives insist on government without Greens and Farmers Union

The New Conservative Party (JKP) has not withdrawn its stance that the Greens and Farmers Union should not be included in the new cabinet, saying it would rather pursue plans for a 4-party coalition, said JKP leader Jānis Bordāns appearing on Latvian Radio December 5.

According to Bordāns, a coalition of KPV LV, JKP, the National Alliance and New Unity is still possible as the parties have 53 seats altogether.

He noted a precedent when Valdis Dombrovskis' (Unity) cabinet was able to pursue meaningful reform with just 53 seats in the Saeima.

"We will convince our colleagues [about a government without the Greens and Farmers Union]...of course, change is difficult and disquieting...but we can pursue this and wake up in a new country," he said.

Meanwhile KPV LV faction leader Atis Zakatistovs said talks are still ongoing with five parties, and bilateral talks are to follow soon. 

The New Conservative Party has consistently stated it would under no circumstances work with ZZS, which it regards as an oligarch-controlled party.

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