Latvian PM candidate proposes five-party government

Latvian PM candidate proposes five-party government
By bne IntelliNews December 6, 2018

Aldis Gobzems, the leader of Latvia’s populist KPV party and the candidate for the Baltic state’s new prime minister, proposed a five party government coalition to be voted in the parliament possibly this week, local media report. 

Gobzems wants the New Conservative Party (JKP), the right-wing National Alliance, and centrists from Greens and Farmers Union and New Unity to be in his government.

“There is a sense of certainty that the new government will be approved [by the parliament],” Gobzems said, according to Leta.

An extraordinary meeting of the Latvian parliament, the Saeima, could be convened on December 7 to vote on the new government.

Gobzems is the second PM-designate after a government formation mission of Janis Bordans, the leader of the New Conservative Party (JKP) failed in November. Bordans could not overcome party divisions in a fragmented parliament that emerged as a result of the general election held on October 6.

The PM-designate has had two weeks to carry out the task of forming a new government, which, President Vejonis said earlier, needs to strengthen the “security of our country and of the financial system and build a balanced state budget.” 

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