Lat­vian pres­i­dent en­trusts gov­ern­ment for­ma­tion to KPV LV leader Aldis Gobzems

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Pres­i­dent of Latvia Rai­monds Vējo­nis has de­cided to en­trust for­ma­tion of the gov­ern­ment to KPV LV prime min­is­ter can­di­date Aldis Gobzems.

The pres­i­dent has given Gobzems two weeks to se­cure ma­jor­ity sup­port in the new gov­ern­ment, form a new Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters and ap­prove fu­ture tasks of the gov­ern­ment. The pres­i­dent added that if Gobzems fails, he will with­draw his nom­i­na­tion. Nev­er­the­less, the pres­i­dent hopes par­ties will be able to reach an agree­ment on the for­ma­tion of a new gov­ern­ment. Gobzems said he will tackle the gov­ern­ment for­ma­tion mat­ter very se­ri­ously to make the coun­try and res­i­dents one whole, so that «the coun­try turns face-first to­wards the peo­ple and they in turn do the same». The politi­cian thanked the pres­i­dent for the courage of giv­ing him the nom­i­na­tion. Gobzems promised to work for the rest of his life to make sure Lat­vian res­i­dents live in pros­per­ity and har­mony.

KPV LV re­ceived sec­ond place in par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. 14.25% of vot­ers sup­ported this party. KPV LV also got 16 seats in the 13th Saeima. Gobzems is the sec­ond prime min­is­ter can­di­date to have been nom­i­nated af­ter 13th Saeima elec­tions. The first one was New Con­ser­va­tive Party’s leader Jā­nis Bordāns. A week af­ter his nom­i­na­tion, how­ever, Bordāns failed to form a vi­able gov­ern­ment. Ad­di­tion­ally, three par­ties later de­cided to exit gov­ern­ment for­ma­tion talks. Be­cause of all this, the pres­i­dent de­cided to with­draw Bordāns’ nom­i­na­tion.

So far Lat­vian politi­cians have not had much progress with reach­ing an agree­ment on a pos­si­ble gov­ern­ment and coali­tion. Six par­ties are in­volved in gov­ern­ment for­ma­tion talks – KPV LV, JKP, At­tīstībai/Par!, Na­tional Al­liance ‘All for Latvia’-‘For Father­land and Free­dom/LNNK’, Union of Greens and Farmers, and New Unity.

NCP stresses that it will not co­op­er­ate with UGF. Be­cause of that, the party pro­poses form­ing a five-party coali­tion.

It is worth men­tion­ing that Gobzems has yet to be pro­vided with ac­cess to of­fi­cial se­crets. Con­sti­tu­tion Pro­tec­tion Bureau, which has per­formed back­ground checks for three prime min­is­ter can­di­dates so far, had pre­vi­ously stated that an ad­di­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tion is needed for one of the can­di­dates. Gobzems is this can­di­date.

Paula Čurk­ste/LETA

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