President to meet elected parties' reps again

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President Raimonds Vējonis on November 20 met Artis Pabriks (Development/For!) and Aldis Gobzems (KPV LV) in the second round of PM talks. The two candidates emerged with different messages, and the president is to meet the representatives of all the elected parties, reported Latvian Radio.

Pabriks was the first to meet Vējonis. After the discussions he said extraordinary elections are not a solution, as the current convocation is able to set up a government. Pabriks also noted that the president is to meet all the elected parties once again.

"Currently the dispute is not about any specific [PM] candidate but whether some parties are able to agree to work in government at all. The president made it apparent that he would like to meet the remaining parties elected into the Saeima to understand what they will be doing next and to tell them they will have to come to an agreement," said Pabriks.

Pabriks, whose possible candidacy was earlier dismissed by the New Conservative Party and KPV LV's PM nominee Aldis Gobzems, also said that the KPV LV party board had not turned down his candidacy after all.

Gobzems himself meanwhile emerged from the talks by asking parties to erase their "red lines", meaning the parties with which they would cooperate.

Incidentally Gobzems also apologized to Pabriks, as his earlier statements "may have been misinterpreted". Nevertheless Gobzems did not want to comment the possibility of working in a government lead by Pabriks.

"Our party has an unanimous opinion as to which prime ministerial candidate we support," he said.

All of the seven parties elected to the Saeima are to meet the president at about 17.00. 

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