Aldis Gobzems with­draws his gov­ern­ment of­fer ex­tended to po­lit­i­cal par­ties

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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.

Ieva Leiniša/LETA

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