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Agriculture Minister Laimdota Straujuma becomes the next Prime Minister candidate

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast Sunday, January 5, it was decided during the Board meeting of Unity to propose Agriculture Minister Laimdota Straujuma as the next candidate for the post of Prime Minister of Latvia.

During this meeting Straujuma was accepted into the ranks of Unity, as it was reported by Deputy Chairman of Unity’s Saeima faction Edvards Smiltēns on his Twitter page.

After the Board meeting that day, Solvita Āboltiņa told journalists that two important decisions were made on Sunday – Straujuma was accepted into the ranks of the party and the party’s decision to nominate her as the next candidate for the post of Prime Minister of Latvia.

This Monday, representatives of Unity will go meet with President Andris Bērziņš in order to discuss this matter. Political consultations with Reform Party will also be launched. Then the government formation matter will be discussed with other potential coalition partners.

According to Valdis Dombrovskis, there have already been informal consultations with potential coalition partners, and that initial thoughts regarding Straujuma are positive.

According to Āboltiņa, Laimdota Straujuma is currently the most experienced person in the government. She also holds a PhD degree in Economics. It is under her management that the government managed to achieve a balance in the country’s agriculture sector.

Dombrovskis also says the fact Straujuma has plenty of experience in the government is a good enough reason why she would excel as Prime Minister and do her job accordingly.

According to Āboltiņa, this matter was discussed with Straujuma shortly after Dombrovskis’ announcement about his resignation as Prime Minister. However, Straujuma had initially hoped that someone else from the ranks of Unity would be proposed instead.

It is planned that Straujuma will also participate in the next Saeima elections.

Whether or not Straujuma can be entrusted with the formation of a new government is now for the President to decide.

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