New Era is urging MPs to "value the rule of law and national interestshigher than some political groups' wish to settle their political scorewith the head of an inconvenient institution" in their vote of noconfidence, in a clear reference to government attempts to remove anti-corruption chief Aleksejs Loskutovs from his post.
The ruling coalition has 58 votes in Latvia's 100-seat parliament. Theruling People's Party faction has 23 seats, their partners the Greens andFarmers Union (ZZS) has 18, Latvia's First/Latvia'sWay (LPP/LC) has ten, and the nationalist alliance For Fatherland andFreedom/LNNK (TB/LNNK) has seven seats. If all four parties stick together, Kalvitis will live to fight for his budget proposals the following day, but any significant number of abstentions or defections would be enough to undermine government claims to possess the national mandate.Under such circumstances it is hard to see how Kalvitis could do anything other than immediately resign.
Opposition parties have 41 seats in the Saeima.