Unity wants to lead six ministries in new government

During the meeting between the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) Prime Minister-designate Maris Kucinskis' and Unity's parliament members today, both sides said they were willing to in the next ruling coalition work together, Kucinskis said after the meeting. 

Unity confirmed as much, however they haven't yet pledged support for a Kucinskis-led government, and want control over a total of six ministries, reported LETA newswire Monday.

"I am pleased that [..] we came to agreement that both sides wish to work in the coalition, and keep the coalition's makeup unchanged," said Kucinskis.

"I have the impression that we are able to work [together], that we have a joint understanding over matters of interior and foreign policy," he said.

Unity leader Solvita Āboltiņa confirmed that her party is ready to participate in the new government, without however pledging support for a Kucinskis-led government. 

Āboltiņa said that Unity wants control over a total of six ministries: the Foreign, Interior, Education, Transport, Justice, and Economics Ministry.

Talks between the parties over practical matters are expected to continue next Monday.

The two coalition parties - the Greens and Farmers Union and the National Alliance have expressed their support for Kucinskis. Unity, on the other hand, has not yet expressed support for his candidacy. 

The three coalition parties - National Alliance, Unity, and Greens - have not yet agreed on the makeup of the new government, but the Greens have said that they would like to control the finance, agriculture, defense, transport, and health ministries.

The Greens also said the National Alliance would continue to be in charge of the Justice Ministry, Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry, and Culture Ministry.

This leaves Unity with the Interior Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Education and Science Ministry, Welfare Ministry, and Economics Ministry.

According to Unity, this is unacceptable for the party and government formation talks must start from scratch. Unity's leader Solvita Aboltina has said that that overseeing the Justice Ministry can also be seen as one of Unity's "red lines".

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