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Coalition partners say that their disagreements do not threaten government stability

Dzintars Zakis. Photo: Evija Trifanova/LETA.
 RIGA, Dec 21 - Representatives from coalition parties say that the disagreements within the coalition do not threaten the stability of the government. Only the independent group of Saeima members are a bit more critical, and believe that there will be changes in the government coalition sooner of later.

The head of Unity's group at Saeima, Dzintars Zakis, said that he sees the Reform Party voting together with the opposition's Harmony Center on some initiatives at parliament as a negative factor, and expressed hope that this will not occur next year. He said that such actions by the Reform Party do not attest to its political maturity, and he hopes that future agreement will be made first of all within the coalition.

Meanwhile, the deputy head of the Reform Party's group at Saeima, Vjaceslavs Dombrovskis, pointed out that Unity itself has on several occasions voted with the opposition.

Dombrovskis explained that if the coalition will move forward with a more constructive dialogue, then such situations, when coalition parties vote together with the opposition, will not take place.

Furthermore, the head of All for Latvia!-For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK's group at Saeima, Einars Cilinskis, told LETA that there were several ''interesting'' votes during Thursday's Saeima session, and reminded that his party has also voted with the opposition on previous occasions. Cilinskis said that this matter must be discussed between coalition partners at the beginning of next year.

As reported, Saeima member Klavs Olsteins from the group of independent MPs told LETA yesterday that there will be major changes in the ruling coalition sooner or later.

Olsteins' statement on stability of the ruling coalition follows Wednesday's debate in parliament, where coalition partners exchanged jabs several times.

The debate in parliament will definitely be followed by further discussion between the Reform Party and Unity members, believes Olsteins.

The vote on the Higher Education Council was not the only time when the ruling coalition was not united: the parties' opinions also differed on approving Peteris Putnins as deputy chairman of the Financial and Capital Market Commission and the Reform Party's proposals regarding religious holidays.

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