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Zatlers, Unity Call for Dombrovskis to Remain as Latvian Premier

October 10, 2011

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Zatlers Reform Party and Unity, which together won 42 of 100 seats in Latvia’s parliamentary elections held last month, called on the president to nominate Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis for another term.

The two parties will meet today to discuss the formation of the government and call on President Andris Berzins to name Dombrovskis again to lead the government, the two parties said in a joint press release today.

The Reform and Unity parties were unable to form a four- party coalition with a nationalist party and Harmony Center, which represents the Russian minority, according to the statement. Today, the parties will try to agree on a third coalition member, either forming a coalition of 56 votes with the National Alliance, or one with 73 seats with Harmony, which won more seats than any other single party.

“The duty of the next government will be to introduce reforms in higher education, work to reduce the tax burden on labor and hold a national vote on questions on how the president is elected and the expansion of the office’s functions,” the statement from the two parties said.

--Editors: James M. Gomez, Andrew Atkinson

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net


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