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Monday, January 30, 2023

Latvia tries to address government crisis after elections

With the arrival of winter and energy difficulties in this small ex-Soviet republic, the moderate and pro-European head of government from the New Unity (JV) party, seeks to form a coalition with Lista Unida (AS) and the National Alliance. (NA), comment on local press media.

Karins, who polled the most on 1 October with 18.97 percent, had an initial agreement with the NA and the AS, but the latter now demanded specific ministerial positions, which sparked controversy.

The centre-left, with 10 out of 100 seats in the Saeima (parliament), could have an option to form a new executive, although the media speculated about its failure about a possible announcement by the prime minister before President Egils Levits. was. in that effort.

Local analysts say the new cabinet must be ready before the 18th of this month, the day the country celebrates its independence after leaving the Soviet Union in 1991, otherwise it will be difficult to approve the 2023 budget.

After the parliamentary elections, the JV controls 26 seats, while the AS has the support of 11.01 voters and has 15 seats.

The NA got a polling support of 9.26 points and now has 13 seats. Latvia recorded inflation of nearly 22 percent last October, the highest figure within the European Union, largely due to a sharp rise in energy prices after that bloc imposed sanctions on Russia that had a boomerang effect on the region.

Riga is one of the most important capitals of the war operation in Ukraine, which was launched by President Vladimir Putin on 24 February with the aim of protecting the population of the Donbas region as well as demilitarizing and demilitarizing that neighboring country.

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