Pavļuts: New Conservatives' plan a step forward but financially unfeasible

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A declaration put forth recently by the New Conservative Party (JKP) is a step ahead in the talks for setting up the new government, but there's not enough money in the 2019 budget for the initiatives in the plan, said Development/For! co-chair Daniels Pavļuts appearing on LTV November 12.

JKP's action plan for the new government includes a number of initiatives, such as introducing a packaging deposit system, strengthening the media, supporting NGOs and increasing research funding. 

A contentious offer in the declaration -- one which the National Alliance party has objected against -- is giving the children of non-citizens Latvian citizenship automatically.

"It's clear at first glance that things concerning..raising the minimum pensions and wages and other things could create expenses of about an extra billion euros, and this is quite simply impossible," said Pavļuts. 

As reported, on November 7 Latvian president Raimonds Vējonis nominated Jānis Bordāns of the New Conservative Party to lead the new government.

Vējonis pointed out that Bordāns has until November 21st to hammer together a coalition. If he fails to do so, another candidate will be nominated. He also demanded that he be consulted on who will be appointed to key positions including minister of defense and minister of foreign affairs.

As previously reported, the New Conservative Party won 16 seats in the 100 seat Saeima during elections on October 6 and the weeks since then have seen lengthy talks between various political parties with Bordāns, plus Aldis Gobzems of KPV LV and Artis Pabriks of For Development/For! emerging as the three prime candidates to lead a new coalition.

Both four-party and five-party coalition models have been floated in the past, but all exclude the largest party in Saeima, Harmony, which seems doomed to another period in opposition. There are seven parties in parliament in total.

Bordāns said he envisaged a five party coalition comprising the New Conservatives, KPV LV, For Development/For!, the National Alliance and New Unity, leaving the Green and Farmers' Union and Harmony in opposition.

Bordāns is due to update the public on progress made in forming a government at a press conference Monday afternoon.

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