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Latvia’s prime minister begins talks for a new coalition after friction with his government partners

Latvia’s prime minister begins talks for a new coalition after friction with his government partners

The Prime Minister of Latvia, Arturs Krisjanis Karins, and current leader of New Unity (JV) has assured this Friday that he has started talks to form a new government coalition after his partners rejected his proposals.

Karins conditioned the continuity of the coalition to three portfolio changes: that of Foreign Affairs, which would become National Alliance (NA) –vacant since Edgars Rinkevics was elected president of the country in July–, that of Economy, in the hands currently NA, and Environmental Protection and Development, which would become JV.

In addition to this dance of handbags, Karins had given an ultimatum to his partners for a series of commitments in health and education, although his proposals have been rejected. Despite this, the Latvian prime minister will not throw in the towel and has assured that he will not resign from office.

In this way, it has announced that it has started a round of consultations with the ruralista Union Verde y Campesina (ZZS) and the Progresistas (P), a moderate left party, although it has left the door for its partners to join, reported the Diena news portal.

Rinkevics was elected by the Latvian Parliament in May to the top state post after three rounds of voting. In his inauguration speech he promised to continue supporting Ukraine in the war against Russia.

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