Coalition agreed but locks out Harmony
A coalition government has finally been agreed after nearly three weeks of negotiations following the 17th September snap general election.
The three party coalition will consist of Zatler’s Reform Party (ZRP) with 22 seats, Unity with 20 seats and the National Alliance (VL! – TB/LNNK) with 14 seats. This will give the coalition 56 seats in the 100 seat parliament or Saeima.
Harmony Centre (SC), the ethic Russian party in Latvia, won the most seats in the election with 29 seats but was locked out of government by Unity who refused to work with them.
The ZRP had hoped to change the constitution to bring in stronger anti-corruption measures but this now seems unlikely without the support of the SC. A total of 67 votes are needed to change the constitution.
All three coalition partners have agreed that the incumbent prime minister, Valdis Dombrovskis of Unity, should continue in his role.