Aldis Gobzems withdraws his government offer extended to political parties
Latvian prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV has decided to withdraw his government offer extended to political parties. He plans to invite non-party professionals to the new Cabinet of Ministers. «If my proposed government composition is not approved, I will ask President Raimonds Vējonis to announce emergency elections,» said Aldis Gobzems.
«Either it is my proposed Cabinet of Ministers or emergency elections,» Gobzems told journalists on Friday, 7 December. «KPV LV board and faction have confirmed that the composition of the Cabinet of Ministers is entrusted to the nominated prime minister – me. My duty to compose the Cabinet of Ministers remains active,» stresses Gobzems, adding that he has been entrusted with the responsibility of deciding on the new government. It is also clear the moment when a Cabinet of Ministers is composed, the politician will also carry this composition to the KPV LV faction. «It is clear there will not be a vote for the government next Monday. The president has entrusted me with composing a provisional government – this has been done. I have three more days,» said Gobzems, allowing that the Saeima could be asked to vote on Thursday, 13 December. The politician adds his proposal will be unveiled in the next three days.
The prime minister candidate plans to form the new government from industry professionals – people not associated with any party. On Monday, 10 December, Gobzems intends to present his offer to Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis.
On 6 December, Gobzems invited the New Conservative Party to stay in his government. «Jāni Bordāns, we will not have any other opportunities to implement the most of our programmes. […] I don’t believe NCP will consider it a brave, honest and clever step the decision to enter in an ideological opposition and allow Attīstībai/Par! form a minority government with less freedom to implement their programme, leaving KPV LV in the opposition. I don’t believe NCP would consider the unwillingness to implement promises detailed in the programme by hiding behind red lines and fooling voters as a brave, fair and clever decision,» Gobzems continued in his Facebook post.
In response, Bordāns stressed in a public statement that from the very beginning NCP made it clear it would support formation of a new coalition if it is mathematically possible to form a government without the Union of Greens and Farmers. «New Conservative Party’s members believe Harmony is an anti-government organization whose actions often work against the interests of the Latvian state and its resident, whereas the Union of Greens and Farmers is a party that most appropriately represents the political environment that is categorically unacceptable for our party members and voters,» said the politician.
The party has voiced commitment to sit at the table to form a government with four parties – New Conservative Party, KPV LV, National Alliance and New Unity. «This government would be guaranteed with more than 50 votes in the Saeima,» said Bordāns.
It should be said that KPV LV co-chairman Artuss Kaimiņš does not support the presence of UGF in the government, objecting to Gobzems’ proposed government model. «My opinion is that Aivars Lembergs is Latvia’s biggest tragedy – I have said this many times in the past,» Kaimiņš told LETA. He said his conscience does not allow him to work in the same coalition with UGF.
Gobzems’ chances of forming a government previously weighed on the possibility of NCP agreeing to share the government with UGF. Gobzems has also offered giving NCP the majority of seats in the government. The only condition is for the party to agree to work with UGF in the new government.