Talks begin on forming new government

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Two days of intense political discussions got underway Thursday with President Raimonds Vējonis leading efforts to find a new administration for the country.   

All six parties represented in Saeima are due to meet with Vējonis to present their ideas for potential coalitions and the crucial question of who they want to be Prime Minister following the resignation of Laimdota Straujuma on Monday.

In a statement released Thursday Vējonis said getting a new administration in place as quickly as possible was urgent and that priority issues should be national security, economic development, reform of the education system and access to health care, as well as measures for an improvement of the demographic situation.

"The State's internal and external security in the existing geo-political circumstances is always the highest priority as a government, moreover there are very important security issues of gas market liberalization and the strengthening of the information space," said the President.

"The new government can only be directed by a decisive Prime Minister, who is able to gather around him a strong and cohesive team of ministers, to work in a team and assume responsibility for the government's work as a whole. Members of the government should have a good reputation and the support of the community.

"The Prime Minister's openness to communication with the public and explaining the work of the executive will enhance public confidence in the power of the state as a whole," Vejonis added.

After peaking with all parties, the President is due to speak to the press Friday afternoon to update society on how the talks went, though it remains to be seen whether he will then be in a position to nominate a candidate to try and form a government or if further talks will be required.

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