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Aseradens: neither Usakovs nor Lembergs should be allowed to become prime minister

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIf he became chairman of Unity, Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens would mobilize democratic forces to prevent the possibility of either Aivars Lembergs or Nils Usakovs becoming prime ministers, Aseradens said in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Aseradens said that Unity is currently ruled by «Hamlet passion» and the situation is rather serious. «Considering how the situation is developing, I have decided to become a candidate [for the post of party’s chairman],» said the politician, adding that this passion scares him. Still, the party has a responsibility before voters.

«The first responsibility is for the government to work in a stable manner,» said Aseradens. He also said that now is the time to ask about Latvia’s future. He said that Latvia is entering the pre-election stage and it is becoming clear that there are two dominant political directions that «make us unite and think about Latvia’s future».

One of them is the pro-Kremlin direction, said the politician, pointing towards Harmony.

The other direction leads to robbery of the state. «We this phenomenon is well-represented in the parliament,» said Aseradens, adding that Inguna Sudraba’s election as the head of the parliamentary commission for investigating oligarch case demonstrates this well.

Aseradens says this situation could result in the country waking up on 9 October 2018 to find that the government is ruled by Usakovs or Lembergs. ‘Such consequences could prove very dramatic. We would end up in a situation when there is no European country left, but rather another post-Soviet republic,’ said the politician.

He emphasizes that the country’s democratic wing should agree on red lines. Aseradens says it is possible for a union to be formed to assist some political force.

Speaking of Unity’s future, the politician said the congress should conclude with the election of a capable management board. He said the party should acknowledge its mistakes and reach an agreement on the party’s future policy. «I hope Unity can pull itself together and clearly define its course,» he said.

Aseradens also said he is somewhat frightened by his colleague Edvards Smiltens’ stance in relation to Solvita Aboltina. «Making her the central problem is a big mistake,» said Aseradens.

The politician also admits that Vilnis Kirsis decision to start in municipal elections in Riga seemed refreshing to him. He believes Kirsis took the reins in an altogether hopeless situation. Nevertheless, what he has accomplished shows the party has support.

«Unity’s success relies on symbiosis among old politicians, who should step aside to make way for the younger generation,» said Aseradens.

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