Why? Because the opposition did not propose so far the alternative shadow cabinet, and because each of the opposition party is planning their own tactics prior the triple election saga. It means that opposition is still too fractional and consolidation still in the near future. While following the events in the parliament it seems that probably even the Peoples Party (PP) has agreed on the continued leadership of the incumbent PM.
It would mean that after slimming of the government also some of the opposition parties would be invited into the new and refurbished Latvian government. At least the Godfather of the present government uttered about it already before, that if possibility would arise then the new coalition partner would be the Harmony Centre party). It would consequently mean that the old/new Ivars Godmanis government would carry on until the snap elections in the foreseeable future.
Members of the opposition Einārs Repše (NE), Kārlis Šadurskis (CU) and Aigars Štokenbergs (SCP) appealed to the governing coalition MP's with well structured and concise presentations. However, I am afraid that the majority MP's are unable to understand the depth of the Latvian stagnation and unwilling to brake out of the power bubble. Thus, while it is already 17.00pm (CET) I am still sticking to the previous prediction that the PM would carry on at the helm of Ms Latvia, and would try to lead it out from the rough seas.
It is 18.00 (CET) and MP Dzintars Ābiķis (Peoples Party) announced that there have been negotiations among the governing coalition members about inviting opposition New Era (NE) and Harmony Center (HC) parties to form a new and enlarged coalition government.
Have to wait until the end of the emergency session of the parliament, and then the framework for the development during upcoming half a year would be known.
Its 18.16pm (CET) and with 40 AYE, 51NAY and 1 ABSTAINED votes the vote of non-confidence failed, and the incumbent PM would try to continue navigating Ms Latvia out of the rough seas. How and whether he would succeed slimming the present government would be the topic for next entries...
Finally, in Thursday's Diena there is a very revealing and poignant cartoon about the behaviour of the present governing coalition!
Member of the People's Party (TP) - We need to keep this government! And his reflection - We need new government!