Pabriks: No talk of me being nominated for PM

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Following the failed nomination of the New Conservative Party's Jānis Bordāns for PM, the parties have to get back to consultations, Artis Pabriks, the Development/For! candidate for PM told Latvian Radio November 15.

He also said that his candidacy for PM is currently out of the question.

This raises the possibility that KPV LV leader Aldis Gobzems is the next candidate in line to be nominated for PM by the president. 

He also said that the talks with the New Conservatives went into a dead-end because of "incompetence of quite staggering proportions", especially as concerns the state budget.

Pabriks also blasted the New Conservatives, his potential coalition allies, for attempting to quickly take over the Interior Ministry and state authorities to "simply start a vendetta". 

He also claimed that the alliance of the New Conservatives and KPV LV -- the two parties are unanimous in rejecting the possibility of Pabriks becoming PM -- might be a ploy to force an extraordinary election to try to win more seats in parliament.

Pabriks refused to estimate whether a new government would be set up by Christmas. 

On November 14 talks between parties to set up a coalition with Jānis Bordāns as PM came to a halt as the Development/For!, the National Alliance and the New Unity party asked president Raimonds Vējonis to pick another candidate for PM.

The president is to meet the remaining two candidates, Aldis Gobzems (KPV LV) and Artis Pabriks, after the Independence Day celebrations held on November 18. 

KPV LV and the New Conservative Party won 32 seats altogether in the 13th Saeima election. The new Latvian parliament is quite fragmented, with Harmony winning 23 seats (though no other party in the Saeima want to cooperate with them), Development/For! scoring 13 seats, the same as National Alliance. The Greens and Farmers Union won 11 seats and the New Unity won 8. 

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