- Title: Latvian president nominates lawyer Bordans for PM post
- Date: 7th November 2018
- Summary: RIGA, LATVIA (NOVEMBER 7, 2018) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** LEADER OF THE NEW CONSERVATIVE PARTY JANIS BORDANS WALKING INTO ROOM TO MEET PRESIDENT RAIMONDS VEJONIS LEADER OF DEVELOPMENT/FOR PARTY ARTIS PABRIKS WALKING INTO ROOM TO MEET PRESIDENT RAIMONDS VEJONIS LATVIAN PRESIDENT RAIMONDS VEJONIS WELCOMING BORDANS, PABRIKS AND KPV.LV PARTY LEADER ALDIS GOBZEMS JOURNALISTS LOOKING ON VEJONIS AND CANDIDATES ENTERING ROOM TO ADDRESS MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Latvian) LATVIAN PRESIDENT, RAIMONDS VEJONIS, SAYING: "I invite Janis Bordans to form a new government. As said, I am conceding two weeks to shape a new majority coalition and the structure for a potential government, in particular the foreign affairs and defence posts." JOURNALIST FILMING ON MOBILE PHONE VEJONIS SHAKING HANDS WITH THREE CANDIDATES JOURNALISTS LOOKING ON, CAMERA IN FOREGROUND GOBZEMS AND PABRIKS STANDING (SOUNDBITE) (Latvian) NOMINATED PRIME MINISTER, JANIS BORDANS, SAYING: "The New Conservative Party already expressed - and this was before the vote - that if there is a chance, the government should be formed excluding (pro-Russian) Harmony and the Greens and Farmers Union (party of previous prime minister Maris Kucinskis). And these are principles I am going to hold on to." GOBZEMS AND PABRIKS LISTENING TO BORDANS (SOUNDBITE) (Latvian) RIGA RESIDENT, ZANE MENGELE, SAYING: "I learned about it a minute ago and I am actually quite relieved. It was not the party I voted for, I voted for the Development/FOR party, but I am relieved. I was afraid the president would go for the third candidate - Gobzems. So, I think, it is ok, it is good." LATVIAN FLAGS FLYING (SOUNDBITE) (Latvian) RIGA RESIDENT, ROBERTS TOMME, SAYING: "I think this is a great choice. I am sure he will succeed reaching his goals and I will keep my fingers crossed for his government." EXTERIOR OF PRESIDENT'S PALACE
- Embargoed: 21st November 2018 14:05
- Keywords: Latvia New Conservative party Janis Bordans candidate Prime Minister Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis
- Location: RIGA, LATVIA
- City: RIGA, LATVIA
- Country: Latvia
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00195IC6YH
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- Story Text: Latvia's president nominated Janis Bordans of the New Conservative Party as Prime Minister on Wednesday (November 7) and gave him until November 21 to try to form a government following October elections that yielded a fragmented parliament.
Bordans, a lawyer and former Minister of Justice, and his New Conservative Party ran on an anti-corruption agenda and received 13.6 percent of the votes in the October 6 poll.
Bordans said the new government would consist of five parties and would not feature the Russia-friendly Harmony or The Union of Greens and Farmers, who led the previous governing coalition.
Fed up with corruption and an inefficient political system, Latvian voters punished the former three-party right-of-centre ruling coalition and delivered 40 percent of the vote to three new parties. Bordan's New Conservatives was among them.
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