New ministry to be formed in Latvia

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Continuing the formation of the government coalition, the party association New Unity, United List, and the National Alliance plan to sign a memorandum of cooperation this week. Politicians have managed to agree on the creation of a new ministry, the scope of which will still be debated, Latvian Television reported November 2.

The next coalition partners have put an end to the talks on the Memorandum of Cooperation, in which until now the main disagreements have been caused by the United List's opposition to the creation of a new ministry. It is agreed that the government will have the Ministry of Climate and Energy, abandoning the initial intention to add environmental issues to it.

In the process of drawing up a government declaration, the name and responsibilities of the new ministry, as well as which departments of existing ministries could form it, will be further clarified.

It is also known that the new ministry will be under the responsibility of the New Unity. “The three political forces are prepared to work not only as individual forces but to put forces together. The negotiating path was interesting because the three forces' individual thoughts had to be put together. It is important that we spent time to achieve a similar understanding that will facilitate real work,” said Krišjānis Kariņš, leader of the New Unity.

After signing the memorandum, the Prime Minister will offer parties areas of responsibility, and work on writing the government declaration will begin.

“Then let's see how many discussions about this will be,” said Edgars Rinkevics, board member of the New Unity, expressing hope that the new government will be formed shortly before or after the public holidays of November 18.

He also predicted that detailed talks on the works would be difficult. “I would like to hope – the more dispute before setting up the government, writing a declaration that everyone understands word by word, the more the opportunity for the government to work effectively and for long,” added the politician.

According to the informal agreement, “New Unity” could have seven posts in the next government including the Prime Minister, four ministers and the post of Saeima Speaker for the United List, and four ministerial posts for the National Alliance.

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