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    Gobzems believes government formation process should be enjoyed

    RIGA, Dec 3 (LETA) - The government must be formed with a smile on your face and enjoying the process, not with glum faces and grim statements, prime minister nominee Aldis Gobzems (KPV LV) told journalists following Monday's meeting of the six political parties involved in negotiations on Latvia's next government.

    The meetings apparently brought no particular clarity about the would-be coalition government.

    "There will be a government in Latvia," Gobzems promised, adding that KPV LV will be the running the government sooner or later. "Don't hasten us, let us keep our rhythm," the politician said, answering questions about his government's possible composition.

    Gobzems said he intended to use all the time he has been given to form a capable government by the December 10 deadline.

    Today's government formation talks dealt with issues concerned with a draft cooperation memorandum proposed to would-be coalition partners. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the parties will discuss concrete reform proposals - the municipal reform, the mandatory purchase component (MPC), as well as health reforms. On Thursday, the parties will discuss the government declaration and the distribution of spheres of responsibility.

    Gobzems said that KPV LV party's has been following inclusive tactics and listening to the partners.

    Gobzems is also confident that he will be granted security clearance to access state secrets. "It is rather odd to consider Gobzems a traitor in the situation where he has been involved in representing enterprises of strategic, national importance all the time leading up to the Saeima elections," the lawmaker said.

    As reported, there is still no clarity about the possible composition of the would-be government and which political parties might back the Gobzems-led Cabinet.

    In all, six parties are currently involved in the talks on a Gobzems-led government: KPV LV, For Development/For, the New Conservative Party, the National Alliance, the Union of Greens and Farmers in New Unity. All these parties have said a coalition with Harmony, the seventh party represented in the 13th Saeima, would not be possible.

    • Published: 03.12.2018 17:43
    • Ainārs Leijējs, LETA
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