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Latvian prime minister candidate says Saeima may vote for his government this week

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Prime Minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV says there is an option to organize an extraordinary meeting of the Saeima on Friday, 7 December, so that the parliament is able to decide on approval of his proposed government, he said in an interview to Delfi TV.

The politician promised to have the government declaration ready before the Saeima meeting. He also said a new financial assessment of the government’s plan will be ready even if Finance Ministry has to work late at night.
 

When asked if he has a Plan B if his government model receives no support from the Saeima, Gobzems said there is a sense of «certainty the government will be approved».
 

At the same time, the prime minister candidate was evasive when asked about possible cooperation with Harmony. He said he can neither prohibit it nor propose this step.
 

As it is known, Gobzems said on Tuesday, 5 December, that his proposed government composition will be submitted to the Saeima for approval. «I will request my government’s approval in the parliament in any case,» said the politician.
 

The prime minister candidate says talks with other parties on the final composition of the government will continue.
 

In accordance with Saeima’s Internal Order, the nominated prime minister candidate reports government composition to the Saeima speaker together with a government declaration document and a relevant decision project. If there is no proposal or requirement for an extraordinary meeting of the Saeima, the Praesidium includes the report to the agenda of the next meeting.
 

As it is known, Gobzems has offered New Conservative Party the largest number of seats in the new government. The only condition is that the party should put aside their red lines and agree to cooperate with the Union of Greens and Farmers in the new government.
 

KPV LV wants three seats in the government – prime minister’s post for Gobzems, finance minister’s post for Roberts Spručs and interior affairs minister’s post for Ralfs Nemiro.
 

NCP is offered four seats: transport minister’s post for Tālis Linkaits, healthcare minister’s post for Juris Jurašs, education minister’s post for Dagmāra Beitnere-Le Galla and justice minister’s post for Jānis Bordāns or Juta Strīķe.
 

The National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ is offered three posts: environment protection minister’s post for Raivis Dzintars or Rihards Kols, welfare minister’s post for Imants Parādnieks and culture minister’s post for Dace Melbārde.
 

UGF and New Unity are offered two seats each in the government: agriculture minister’s seat may go to Edgars Tavars or Armands Krauze and defence minister’s post may go to Raimonds Bergmanis. Economy minister and foreign affairs minister post may got to New Unity representatives Jānis Reirs and Edgars Rinkēvičs.
 

KPV LV also wants to replace the heads of Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee, appointing KPV LV member Atis Zakatistovs as its head instead of Attīstībai/Par! member Mārtiņš Bondars.
 

KPV LV also wants to exclude AP’s representative Marija Golubeva from Saeima Praesidium and replacing her with Artuss Kaimiņš. Inese Lībiņa-Egnere from New Unity is proposed to be given the seat of Saeima deputy secretary.
 

BNN had previously reported that Gobzems has decided to terminate talks on government formation with Attīstībai/Par political party.
 

«With this announcement I hereby exclude Attīstībai/Par, which is infected with a government overturning virus, from further government formation talks. This virus has such high virulence that it seems to have become the new policy this party promised to voters,» as mentioned in Gobzems’ statement posted on Facebook.com.
 

The prime minister candidate says from the very beginning AP «had a desire to play a game organized by Edgars Jaunups and its sponsors».
 

«Not a single constructive proposal, lies in front of cameras, cowardly smiles, lack of courage to talk face to face, and late evening backstage offers with attempts forming […] government with Krišjānis Kariņš (NU) at the helm and attempts to buy votes from other parties,» Gobzems continues criticizing AP. «I hope other parties will not accept these dirty tricks and play to Jaunups’ tune, accepting the deputy purchase scenario lest from the previous policy,» Gobzems’ statement on Facebook states.
 

AP, on the other hand, criticizes Gobzems for his ties with ex-politician Ainārs Šlesers and plans to allow Harmony to the Saeima through the back door. As LETA was told by the party’s representative Laila Spaliņa, prime minister candidate Gobzems fears AP will run his plans to allow Harmony to join the government. She also added that her party categorically opposes his plans to limit media freedom and increase secrecy in government meetings.

BNN/LETA

06-12-2018
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