Karins proposes to maintain current coalition by redistributing three ministerial portfolios

  • 2023-08-09
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - In order to make the government work more dynamic, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) has proposed that the politician of the National Alliance (National Alliance) Rihards Kols takes the post of Foreign Minister, the United List takes over the Economics Ministry and the New Unity - the Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry.

This would mean a rotation of ministries among the partners, as currently the New Unity is in charge of the Foreign Ministry, the National Alliance is in charge of the Economics Ministry and the United List is in charge of the Environemtn Protection and Regional Development Ministry.

The proposal also includes that the New Unity would take over the position of the head of the Saeima national security committee from the National Alliance.

The prime minister also proposes that the New Unity, the United List and the National Alliance sign a memorandum on a number of tasks to be carried out.

In case National Alliance and United List refuse this proposal on Thursday, Karins would be ready to start negotiations on forming another government with the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) and the Progressives.

As reported, the prime minister previously said that he wants to expand the coalition in order to achieve smoother work on the school network, improving the health care situation, labor issues, promoting state capital companies to the stock exchange and social issues, such as the ratification of the Istanbul Convention "as a symbolic but deeply significant gesture of the Saeima" and the implementation of the Constitutional Court decision related to cohabitation regulation.

Currently, the ruling coalition consists of the New Unity, the National Alliance and the United List, but after the presidential elections, in which the coalition parties could not agree on support for one candidate, Prime Minister Karins has started talks on a possible coalition extension with ZZS and the Progressives, to which both the National Alliance and United List objected.