Cabinet formation: president has «Plan B»
If parties involved in government formation talks fail to pick a prime minister candidate on their own by Monday, 26 November, they might not get a second chance, said Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.
The president did not hide the fact that he has a ‘Plan B’ at the ready. He did not say what this plan entails, however. He only said «parties may not like it». The president did mention that this ‘Plan B’ does not include Saeima’s dissolution.
«I have given them [parties] time until Monday to pick a prime minister candidate. 26 November, you could say, is a critical moment. If parties fail to reach an agreement by then, they will not be given this right again,» said the president.
When asked about the possibility of including Harmony in the new government, the president reminded that not a single party elected to the Saeima has mentioned any desire to work with Harmony. This means such a scenario is not possible at the moment. When asked if Vējonis has any red likes of his own against Harmony, he said all groups of society are represented in the parliament. All parties in the Saeima should be involved in the government formation talks. At the same time, Latvia should maintain its Euro-Atlantic course.
When asked who he would pick as the next prime minister candidate if parties fail to come up with one on their own, the president did not mention any surnames. He did make it clear that it’s important to look at Saeima deputies first and candidates not represented in the parliament second.