President's Chancery: Number of coalition parties is of minor importance

The President of Latvia Egils Levits does not give any orders on how many parties should form the new coalition. The president's setting is to focus on priorities and jobs to be done, and the creation of a government able to accomplish them, Andris Teikmanis, head of the State presidential Chancery, said in an interview on Latvian Radio October 17.

Teikmanis said the president wasn't trying to hasten the formation of the next government because the main thing in the process was not speed but content. The next government should focus on specific tasks and a program to reach the level of neighboring countries, which have advanced Latvia in a number of positions. Currently "there is no need to fight over whether there are three or four parties in the coalition".

Teikmanis noted that the new coalition must also talk about changes to the government model.

Until now, every ministry, according to Teikmanis, has been firm on its priorities, but must be able to agree on common priorities - environmental, educational, and other issues.

When asked about the president's planned meeting on Monday with the leader of New Unity Krišjānis Kariņš, Teikmanis stated: “The President's instructions will not have changed: a request to focus on important policy priorities and to provide a government model that can provide it. This will be the setting [in conversations]".

As previously reported by LSM, negotiations center on whether a narrow three-party, right-of-center coalition of New Unity, the National Alliance and the United List will form the executive, or whether a broader four-party model including the left-leaning Progressives will be preferable.

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