Unity leader Solvita Aboltina could be supported by the majority of members of this political party. However, because of the position of coalition partners in regards to her becoming the prime minister of Latvia, her chances of taking office are questioned.
It is currently predicted that Aboltina may be supported by the majority of the party’s member. For example, deputy Vilnis Kirsis, who was a member of the Reform Party in the previous Saeima, says that there is still time to think. At the same time, he says that it is likely only a single proposed candidate will be supported. Dzintars Zakis, who had recently left the party, plans to support Aboltina. He says she ‘understands Latgale’s problems very well’. Multiple other deputies say they plan to support Aboltina.
Laimdota Straujuma refused to comment this matter when asked about it. «You will see,» – she said.
So far only six Unity deputies have said they will not support Aboltina as the party’s PM candidate – Ilze Vinkele, Lolita Cigane, Aleksejs Loskutovs, Andrejs Judins, Ints Dalderis and Veiko Spolitis. These deputies also say the National Alliance should continue working in the coalition and the new government. The National Alliance does not support Aboltina as a PM candidate.
Vinkele says if there are no official inter-party talks planned, there will likely be unofficial talks.
No other candidate aside from Aboltina was proposed by Unity at its Wednesday’s meeting of the faction and board. Vinkele, commenting on this meeting, said: ‘Even if Jesus Christ had come and proposed a candidate, there would have been no chance.’
Aboltina says she respects the position of the National Alliance in regards to not supporting her candidacy. However, she believes it is now far more important to take a deep breath and consider everything. In her interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT, Aboltina said she doubts the population expects an ultimatum and red-line policy from the current coalition. «So let’s not run ahead of things. Each party has its own position, plans and thoughts that need discussing,» – added Aboltina.
The politician has also stated multiple times that NA should take part in the formation of the new government.
Unofficially, coalition politicians say Unity’s Wednesday meeting could be related to possible opportunities to convince coalition partners to support their chosen candidate. The deciding factor would be the ability of Unity to offer something to NA in exchange for support of Aboltina as PM candidate.
Politicians of the Union of Greens and Farmers say their party becomes more and more confident of taking the reigns over the government formation process. This opportunity is considered more realistic than Aboltina’s chances of leading the Cabinet of Ministers. The situation may still change if Unity decides to consider a different PM candidate.