Lat­vian Greens-farm­ers U-turn on readi­ness to co-gov­ern with Har­mony

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Lat­vian rul­ing Union of Greens and Farm­ers, speak­ing about the prospects of form­ing a govern­ment af­ter the up­com­ing Saeima elec­tion to­gether with the party Har­mony, which seen as be­ing pro-Krem­lin by a num­ber of par­ties, has de­nied the pos­si­bil­ity build­ing a com­mon coali­tion.

That goes against the opin­ion by se­nior UGF mem­ber Gun­dars Daudze, a Deputy Speaker of the Lat­vian par­lia­ment, who has re­cently said in an in­ter­view with Rī­gaTV 24 that per­son­ally he did not have any­thing against UGF and Har­mony co­op­er­at­ing af­ter the elec­tion.

Daudze added that the de­ci­sion would, how­ever, be made by the ma­jor­ity of the party.

In a swift re­ac­tion to the con­tentious is­sue, the head of the UGF Saeima fac­tion, Au­gusts Brig­ma­nis, has now stated that the party would not form a coali­tion and govern­ment with Har­mony af­ter the elec­tion. Har­mony de­spite rul­ing in the cap­i­tal Riga for a long time is seen many as be­ing pro-Krem­lin for re­fus­ing to recog­nise the Soviet oc­cu­pa­tion of Latvia and hav­ing been op­posed to Lat­vian as the only official lan­guage of the Baltic coun­try. The Saeima elec­tion is due to take place on the first Satur­day of Oc­to­ber.

Au­gusts Brig­ma­nis

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