Parties anticipate quicker coalition formation talks

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As the third week of coalition talks begins, parties anticipate that the debate will move on more successfully and rapidly, Latvian Radio reported on October 18.

According to Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, the makers of the next government must have the same understanding of a number of priority challenges. including the wider support of education and science, the freedom of capital companies from corruption and political influence, as well as national security, which includes a common understanding of the unhindered implementation of the National Defense Service. 

As reported, according to Kariņš, there are also talks of significantly changing and possibly stopping port reform and administrative territorial reform, which must not be permitted.

The priorities identified by Kariņš are clear and these important topics should not be discussed too long, said Jānis Dombrava, member of the board of National Alliance. According to him, there are no obstacles to deciding on the establishment of a three-party coalition and preparing a draft government declaration.

“I would like it to be not a conversation, but a really targeted work on the government declaration. Yes, well, these are things where we even have a very similar vision as the New Unity, and they could already be recorded in a government declaration, rather than starting discussions from a zero point,” said the NA board member.

On the other hand, neither the National Alliance nor the United List supports negotiations with the Progressives. "It's something like trying to tell someone to sit at the table and collaborate amiably with [Aivars] Lembergs. It's just as counterproductive. In this case, two parties with board decisions have said they don't see an opportunity to form a government with the Progressives, then I don't see why these attempts at all costs to make friends with [them]. "

The stated priorities to be agreed upon by all future coalition makers are self-evident, but more are to be included, said one of the United List's leaders Edvards Smiltēns.

“Obviously, the rule of law is very important, just like good management of capital companies. But we are in crisis! There is a war and look at the cost of heating pellets and briquettes! It's absurd, there's definitely speculation on the market! Energy resources, prices: it must be on the list of priorities at least in the first five-year period. Similarly, crisis management – in the assessment of State control in crisis management, the government is absolutely unprepared,” Smiltēns said.

New Unity negotiators meet Wednesday with representatives of the United List and the National Alliance, and on Wednesday with the Progressives.

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