PM designate: Government won't be formed before Feb 11

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The new government won't be formed earlier than February 11, Prime Minister designate Māris Kučinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) told Latvian Television's Rīta Panorāma Monday.

He said that work on forming the new government is going as planned.

Meetings are slated for this week to meet social partners, entrepreneurs and coalition partners, while meetings with minister candidates could take place next week, so there's still a lot of wait-and-see before the new government is formed.

Kucinskis was adamant over that Unity will have control only over five, not six ministries as it had requested, and notably that Unity will lose control over the Transport Ministry, and it won't be offered the Justice Ministry which the party has said it wants.

In the interview, Kucinskis restated his claim that "there are many secrets" in the Transport Ministry. He said that the failed tenders of Passenger Rail as well as matters related to airBaltic will have to be looked into.

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