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    National Alliance and For Development/For see problems in five-party coalition model

    RIGA, Oct 12 (LETA) - National Alliance leader Raivis Dzintars said that a five-party coalition model would constantly make one the parties a ''prisoner'' of sorts, and that a six-party model would be better for the government's stability.

    ''If it is not possible to create such a coalition, then we are prepared to speak about other models. We have not drawn any red lines, and thus have not lessened our maneuverability possibilities,'' Dzintars said after a meeting today with representatives from For Development/For. ''The more stable and widely represented the coalition will be, the better for the country,'' he believes.

    Dzintars also emphasized that the National Alliance and For Development/For were in agreement that the government formation process should not be delayed for too long. ''This must take place in a reasonable amount of time,'' he said, adding that both parties are ready to facilitate the speedier formation of the next government.

    Dzintars reminded that the New Conservative Party has invited the National Alliance to be a part of its proposed coalition model. He added that no blocs have yet been formed, and that discussions continue with all other parties.

    Meanwhile, For Development/For's prime minister candidate Artis Pabriks, assessing the possibility of joining a potential Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party) government with five parties, said that he ''sees some problems'' in such a format. Pabriks said that For Development/For is still discussing whether it is prepared to join a Bordans-led coalition. ''We have not received the answers we want to hear which would allow us to confidently involved ourselves in such a government,'' Pabriks said.

    He also admitted that, taking into account the interests of voters, a six-party coalition would be the objectively more suitable end result. ''A different format, like the one offered by JKP, would mean considerable greater dependence on KPV LV for example, which would lead to automatic concerns about the new government's ability to defend rule of law, democracy, security principles and Trans-Atlantic links,'' he said, while emphasizing that talks between parties will continue.

    • Published: 12.10.2018 15:43
    • Anastasija Tetarenko, LETA
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