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Zatlers Party Calls for Pause in Latvian Government Negotiations

October 13, 2011

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Latvia’s Reform Party, which won the second-most seats in the country’s parliamentary elections, called for a pause in creating a new government after coalition partners questioned policies they agreed to earlier in the week.

The Unity Party and the National Alliance “are ready to sign an agreement for the implementation of the Reform Party’s agenda without a genuine intention to implement it,” according to a statement released late yesterday.

The three parties agreed to form a coalition holding 56 seats in the 100-member parliament with Valdis Dombrovskis returning as premier on Oct. 11. Zatlers was unable to form a three-party government with Harmony Center, which won the most seats in Sept. 17 elections and appeals to the country’s Russian minority, after Unity refused to join.

President Andris Berzins said he won’t nominate a new prime minister before parliament’s term ends on Oct. 17.

--Editors: Paul Abelsky, Alan Crosby

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