Harmony leader: Greens, Unity, Harmony should form government

Riga Mayor and social democratic Harmony party leader Nils Ušakovs thinks that the new government should be made up from the Greens and Farmers Union, Unity and his own Harmony party, he told Latvian Television Monday morning.

Ušakovs said that the voters' choice should be respected and that the new government should include left wing and right wing parties, along with the greens.

When told how it's easier for opposition parties to avoid making unpopular decisions, Ušakovs said that "currently the government isn't taking unpopular decisions, it's making stupid decisions. We could avoid stupid decisions both working in the opposition and in the government alike."

Despite claiming readiness to work with Unity, Ušakovs said, "It's a big complement [that Unity say they won't cooperate with Harmony], I think of it as a great honor."

Ušakovs also said that the current government was headed by the Greens, despite that Unity's Laimdota Straujuma was Prime Minister.

He said he's sure that the next government will be lead by the Greens, and that "it's a technical matter whether they'll be doing it directly or indirectly".

Harmony has told Latvian President that they are ready to form the government, while the coalition parties – Unity, Greens and Farmers Union, and National Alliance – have long been saying they definitely won't work with Harmony.

Harmony is a nominally social democrat party, led by Nils Ušakovs, the mayor of Rīga since 2009, and is routinely the party with the largest number of Saeima MPs - yet has never been in government.

Popular among Latvia's Russian-speaking minority, Harmony has a cooperation agreement with Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia. Harmony holds the most seats in the parliament - 24 out of 100.

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Andrew
If ZZS isn't a Centre Party dressed up in shamrocks and the SDPS a Party of Putin then i'll eat my hat. Populism belongs in post-communist Europe. Latvia is leaving that limbo behind thanks to principled pragmatic politics, not more fantasy economics.
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