No new government until next year

Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis on Friday said he was giving political parties until the end of the year to come up with a new government model.

Speaking after two days of talks with all six political parties represented in Saeima, Vejonis said that while he was confident all understood the tasks that were required of them, no breakthrough had been made on forming a quick replacement for the government of outgoing Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, who resigned on December 7.

"Negotiations with representatives of political parties show that there is an opportunity to create a stable and effective coalition. But there is no overwhelming support for a particular model of the coalition or Prime Ministerial candidate," Vejonis told journalists.

"I therefore call on the political parties represented in the Saeima, not later than the end of this year, to come forward with their proposals on the main issues, Prime Ministerial candidates and potential coalition models."

In the meantime, the Straujuma administration will continue in a caretaker capacity, he added.

As a result of Vejonis' decision to give parties another three weeks of talking-time, Latvia is unlikely to have a new government in place until mid-January at the earliest.

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