Politologist predicts the Latvian government’s “transformation”
After the state president’s elections the government coalition will transform. The question remains how the National Alliance could respond to the possible expansion – Progressive Party and Union of Greens and Farmers becoming closer to the government, said Riga Stradins University lecturer Lelde Metla-Rozentāle.
According to the politologist, the existing coalition could not cooperate in the president’s election process, whereas the Union of Greens and Farmers and Progressive Party showed an ability to cooperate in their support of New Unity’s candidate, Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs.
This is the aspect that will allow New Unity to potentially initiate the government’s expansion. In this case the question is how other coalition partners – Combined List and National Alliance – could react to the possible expansion, said the politologist.
While previously New Unity was backed into a corner in the government formation process, now there are no risks of the party ending up in opposition. On top of that, this party now has multiple cooperation partners to work with.
“This is why the objective of existing partners is making it clear – either they agree with the coalition’s expansion and work together or potentially end up in the opposition,” said the expert.
As previously reported, Edgars Rinkēvičs was elected as the next President of Latvia with votes from New Unity and opposition parties Union of Greens and Farmers and Progressive Party.
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