After three years of work, the so-called "coalition of change" of the Riga City Council (Rīgas Dome, RD) fell apart this summer, with mayor Martiņš Stāķis surprising many with his sudden resignation. On September 15 Latvian Radio's Atvērtie Faili (Open Files) examined the role that lucrative but secretive road maintenance contracts in the capital might have played in the political turmoil.
In the coalition which is in the process of being formed by New Unity, the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) and the Progressives, there is a willingness to work on a new Law on Cohabitation for same-sex persons, according to Progressives leader Kaspars Briškens, speaking on Latvian Television September 5.
The next Latvian government will attempt to be formed by three political forces – New Unity (Jaunā Vienotība), the Greens and Farmers' Union (ZZS) and the Progressives, announced the current minister of welfare Evika Siliņa (New Unity), who was nominated for the post of prime minister by President Edgars Rinkēvičs on August 24.
Prime ministerial candidate, Evika Siliņa, is waiting until Friday, September 1, for a United List decision on whether to participate in the offered coalition or not, along with New Unity, the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) and Progressives – despite earlier indications that the United List is not interested in a coalition of that composition.
Prior to this week's public announcement, the National Alliance had not been informed about the move by the Prime Minister candidate Evika Siliņa (New Unity) to form a government without NA, Saeima deputy Jānis Dombrava (NA) told Latvian Television on August 30.
During ongoing coalition negotiations, the United List political grouping on Tuesday received an offer from prime ministerial candidate Evika Siliņa to form a four-party government alongside her own New Unity party and two other parties currently in opposition, namely the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) and the Progressives.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) will assess whether the financial crisis in Rēzekne City is the responsibility of the city mayor, executive, or council deputies, but someone will be held accountable, the Minister Māris Sprindžuks (United List) said in an interview with Latvian Radio on August 28.
Negotiations rolled on Monday as efforts continue to form a viable new government coalition, with Latvian Radio reporting that the New Unity party – which is leading the talks via prime ministerial nominee Evika Siliņa – wants control of the Finance, Foreign Affairs and Education and Science ministries.
The formation of a five-party coalition is unlikely, given the National Alliance's clear refusal to cooperate with the Progressives, so the next government will most likely be formed by four parties, namely New Unity, the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS), the Progressives and the United List, professor of the University of Latvia Juris Rozenvalds predicted on Latvian Television, August 23.
The Saeima opposition parties Latvia First and For Stability!, which will meet with the President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs on Tuesday, believe the formation of the next government should not to be entrusted to the New Unity party, the parties' leaders Ainārs Šlesers and Aleksejs Rosļikovs told Latvian Television on August 22.