Only unofficial political consultations to take place over the Christmas holidays

  • 2018-12-24
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - According to politicians contacted by LETA, only unofficial political consultation on the formation of the new government will be held over the Christmas holidays.

Some politicians will be spending the holidays abroad as well, but said that they will continue to discuss the government formation process by phone if necessary.

As reported, President Raimonds Vejonis has decided not to nominate a candidate for prime minister yet, and instead give political parties more time to try to reach a compromise.

Parties voted into the 13th Saeima have been unable to reach agreement on a new government for more than two months now, which is why the government of outgoing Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) still continues work. All parties represented in the 13th Saeima participated in the government formation talks, except the Harmony party.

Vejonis first nominated New Conservative Party's leader Janis Bordans for prime minister, but Bordans failed to form a new government and withdrew his candidacy. Vejonis' second nominee, Aldis Gobzems was also unable to form a new government.

New Unity's Krisjanis Karins, although not nominated for PM by Vejonis, then took the initiative and offered a government that would be made up of five parties: New Conservative Party, KPV LV, For Development/For, National Alliance, and New Unity. However, Karins' government formation talks appear to also have reached an impasse as KPV LV insists that the interior minister's portfolio go to Gobzems, which is unacceptable to Karins.