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Kučinskis: next year will start with a very complicated process in the parliament

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With elections coming up, there are concerns about a possible wave of populist proposals, said Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in an interview to Diena. The prime minister believes the next year will start with a very complicated process in the parliament.

When asked if he thinks this is because of elections, Kučinskis said yes, adding that the decision-making process will only suffer because of that. «This depends, on one hand, on the government’s proposed changes to the law – it will be hard finding support from a unified coalition because everyone will want to pick sides. On top of that, this is fertile ground for populism,» said Kučinskis.

The prime minister admits he has concerns over the possibility of a wave of populist ideas. «I remember when the Saeima kicked the pension system in deep hole during the pre-election campaign. We needed five years to get back to ground zero then. Now we have a very stable pension system. Everything started with someone trying to look good by giving everyone all kinds of benefits,» said Kučinskis.

When asked which parties and politicians are expected to be the most problematic, the prime minister said that it is hard to predict changes in behaviour for Unity members that have left to join other parties. «Many deputies there are sufficiently responsible to avoid making populist proposals, but that does not mean they won’t support proposals that offer something attractive,» said Kučinskis.


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