Possible shape of Latvian cabinet revealed

Prime Ministerial nominee Aldis Gobzems is reported to have drawn up the shape of his desired cabinet - even though it seems to fly in the face of one of his coalition partners' stated positions on inter-party cooperation. However, it should be stressed the government plan was revealed by LTV citing unofficial information.

In what appeared to be an act of political brinkmanship, Gobzems offered the largest number of ministerial posts to the New Conservative Party (JKP), but only on condition that it enters a coalition with his own KPV LV party, the New Unity party, the National Alliance and the Greens and Farmers' Union. JKP has consistently stated it would under no circumstances work with the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS), which is regards as an oligarch-controlled party.

Under the terms of Gobzems' proposal KPV LV would hold three seats in the new cabinet with Gobzems as prime minister, Roberts Sprucs as finance minister and Ralfs Nemiro as interior minister.

JKP has been offered four ministries: Talis Linkaitis as transport minister, Juris Jurass as health minister, Dagmara Beitnere-Le Galla as education minister, and either Janis Bordans or Juta Strike as justice minister.

Three ministerial posts are pencilled in for the National Alliance - Raivis Dzintars or Rihards Kols as environmental protection and regional development minister, Imants Paradnieks as welfare minister, and Dace Melbarde to continue as minister of culture.

The Union of Greens and Farmers and New Unity would be allocated two ministerial posts each with ZZS stalwarts Edgars Tavars or Raimonds Krauze as Agriculture Minister, and Raimonds Bergmanis continuing as Defense Minister.

Meanwhile, Edgars Rinkevics from New Unity would stay on as foreign minister, and Janis Reirs would serve as economy minister.

Interviewed by journalist Janis Dumburs on Delfi TV December 5, Gobzems suggested a vote on his government plan could take place in Saeima as quickly as December 7.

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