Vējonis to nominate either Gobzems or Pabriks as the next PM

Latvia's president Raimonds Vējonis will nominate either Artis Pabriks (Development/For!), or Aldis Gobzems (KPV LV) as the next PM, he told Latvian Television on November 16.

Vējonis said that the decision is based on the voters' choice (KPV LV won 16 seats and Development/For! won 13 in the Saeima election).

"The voters have made it clear the old parties should be substituted by new ones, and that's why the new parties' candidates are the first choice," he said.

The president is to name the next candidate on Tuesday or Wednesday. He hopes that in the meanwhile the parties will be able to meet so that further talks progress more smoothly. 

Vējonis also ruled out the possibility of extraordinary elections, saying that he hopes that the politicians are engaged in serious discussion and are not toying around with the country.

This appears to make Aldis Gobzems' nomination very likely, as Artis Pabriks has publicly stated there is currently no talk of him being nominated for PM. 

On November 14 talks between parties to set up a coalition with Jānis Bordāns as PM came to a halt as the Development/For!, the National Alliance and the New Unity party asked president Raimonds Vējonis to pick another candidate for PM.

The president is to meet the remaining two candidates, Aldis Gobzems (KPV LV) and Artis Pabriks, after the Independence Day celebrations held on November 18. 

KPV LV and the New Conservative Party won 32 seats altogether in the 13th Saeima election. The new Latvian parliament is quite fragmented, with Harmony winning 23 seats (though no other party in the Saeima want to cooperate with them), Development/For! scoring 13 seats, the same as National Alliance. The Greens and Farmers Union won 11 seats and the New Unity won 8. 

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