Rinkēvičs puts more pressure on government talks

President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs has asked the Prime Minister candidate Evika Siliņa to find a possibility of forming a broader coalition, the President said at a press conference on Wednesday, August 30, following a meeting with the departing Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš.

Rinkēvičs is also scheduled to meet with representatives of the United List on Wednesday, August 30. The United List has not accepted Siliņa's offer to form a coalition with the Union of Greens and Farmers and the Progressives.

Rinkēvičs recalled that 10 days ago, when all parties had been consulted, no one nominated their Prime Minister's candidate, except for New Unity.

“If someone has ideas for forming a government right now and someone is willing to apply, I am ready to hear, but in that case the process of forming a government should be undertaken by those who believe that another model can be created,” the president said.

At the same time, he stressed that he had asked Siliņa to consult with political forces again and to find a solution for a wider coalition.

PM Kariņš said: “If the United List is not prepared to form another, alternative government, then they should come to work responsibly in the proposed government. In my opinion, this is already becoming irresponsible. It cannot be that there has been a long lack of clarity about the coalition in the country because of one party.” 

Commenting on the upcoming meeting with representatives of the United List, Rinkēvičs said he would listen to their vision of the government model.

He recalled that coalition parties, whether they would be three or four, would have yet to agree on a government declaration that the president would like to see short but concrete.

Rinkēvičs would like to see a new Cabinet by mid-September. “I cannot imagine how long we can drag this process further,” the president said, recalling that work on budgeting will also have to be started.

“Whichever way you turn it, the national interest is mid-September,” said Rinkēvičs, adding that “it should be banned by law to conduct political consultations during the full moon.” 

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