Latvian President Levits: new coalition is 'sufficiently solid'

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The next government will only depend on its ability to work together, the President of Latvia Egils Levits said in an interview on Latvian Radio December 14.

On Wednesday, the Saeima is scheduled to decide on the approval of the new government of Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity).

Levits expressed hope that the new coalition will maintain internal discipline and demonstrate good teamwork, both between members of the government and the parliament.

In general, the President estimated that a “sufficiently solid” coalition had been established. The President also considered the draft government declaration to be solid, indicating that it would be further specified in the government's action plan.

According to Levits, it is not an ambitious program but sufficiently robust for the country to move forward. There is also potential for breakthroughs in some areas, including the promise of increased funding for science, increasing renewable energy capacity, and improving skills and retraining of workers.

“[Government] objectives are so calibrated that they can be implemented. These are not utopian objectives, but this depends on the internal relations and discipline of the coalition itself," Levits said.

Asked how long the second Kariņš' government might last, Levits pointed out that this government would depend on its ability to work together.

“This government deserves some trust credit,” said the President.


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