Union of Greens and Farmers and New Unity have discussed strengthening good practice in coalition agreement to reduce "Lembergs' risk"

  • 2023-08-25
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - In order to reduce the risk of influence of sanctioned Aivars Lembergs (For Latvia and Ventspils/Union of Greens and Farmers) on the work of the government, representatives of the Union of Greens and Farmers have discussed with the New Unity ways of the strengthening the good practice in the coalition agreement, which will provide only for the participation of Saeima lawmakers and government members in the political processes.

Asked about the problem of Lembergs' possible influence commented on by the United List, Viktors Valainis, Chairman of the Saeima faction of the Union of Greens and Farmers, pointed out, among other things, that this topic was being discussed for at least a month and that the Union of Greens and Farmers and the New Unity had already agreed that these new standards, which are already in place - only participation of MPs and government members in political processes in Saeima and government - should be included in the coalition agreement.

Valainis also stressed that the frequent mention of Lembergs was part of the campaign against prime minister-designate Evika Silina (New Unity). It is part of the fight for one or the other coalition model, Valainis said.

Valainis said the party also has questions about the people, the economic groups that "stand behind" some other colleagues.

The politician predicted that many informal talks are expected in the future process. The next formal meetings could be next week, when the government declaration and areas of responsibility would already be discussed.

As reported, the United List is expecting the New Unity to come up with a solution to prevent possible influence of the sanctioned Aivars Lembergs on the decisions of the government and the Saeima.

Speaking about the possibility of working in a coalition with the Union of Greens and Farmers Union, Tavars noted that there are still sanctions against Lembergs. "This is a matter of national security and the United List is waiting to see how this problem - Aivars Lembergs - will be solved by the New Unity," Tavars said.

He pointed out that the New Unity has herd the United List's concerns and understood them.

Tavars said that it was important to address this situation so that the sanctioned person had absolutely no influence on the decisions of the government and the Saeima.

At the same time, Tavars pointed out that the two proposed four-party coalition models currently include the United List. "We are ready to work with the New Unity and the National Alliance, and we understand that there might be a need to expand the coalition, but there is a challenge named Aivars Lembergs," Tavars said.

As reported, the official talks on the formation of a new government are taking place on Friday.