Vejonis sees significant progress in talks on Latvia’s next government

  • 2018-12-30
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA – Latvia’s next government might be appointed in January 2019 as significant progress has been made in government formation talks in recent days, President Raimonds Vejonis said following meetings with leaders of parliamentary factions on Friday.

The president, however, did not name a candidate to head the would-be government.

As LETA was told at the president’s office, Vejonis believes that the progress achieved in the talks might result in approving the new government in January so ministers can tackle the most urgent tasks, first of all, implementation of Moneyval recommendations for the Latvian financial sector.

The president praised the agreement reached on the new government’s core which would include four political parties – the New Conservative Party (JKP), For Development/For, the National Alliance and New Unity.

Vejonis stressed the necessity to agree by the end of next week on support for a candidate prime minister and find compromise solutions to start work on the promises given to the voters so that public trust in political processes could be regained.

Today, Vejonis met with Juta Strike, chairperson of the JKP faction in Saeima, Atis Zakatistovs, chairman of KPV LV faction, Juris Puce, a representative of For Development/For faction, Inara Murniece, a representative of the National Alliance faction, Uldis Augulis, chairman of the Union of Greens and Farmers faction, and Ainars Latkovskis, chairman of the New Unity faction.

For Development/For, New Unity, New Conservative Party, and National Alliance have agreed to present to the president on January 4 a candidate for prime minister who will have all four parties' support.

The four parties will be waiting for KPV LV's decision whether to participate in further government formation talks until January 3. That same day, government formation talks will resume.