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Brigmanis: attempts to replace GFU’s ministers to have serious consequences

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Augusts Brigmanis

The attempts to replace the Greens and Farmers Union (Zaļo un zemnieku savienība, GFU) ministers may result in serious consequences, the GFU Saeima faction head Augusts Brigmanis informed journalists after the party’s Board meeting.

Brigmanis noted the GFU ministers are working well and the GFU Board expressed strong support for them at today’s meeting.

The GFU faction head conceded rumours on possible replacement of ministers are likely to be spread by their political rivals. Yet, it is unlikely that the Unity (Vienotība) is to be blamed for this, he added.

If we see our ministers not «doing well», we ourselves will decide on their replacement. If the Unity wants to substitute one of its ministers, it may do so; however, our ministers are performing their duties efficiently, Brigmanis indicated.

The politician also said that tomorrow, March 15, the latest political ratings could be announced, based on which, it will be possible determine ministers that really have to be changed. We are going to await the society’s reaction, which will be the key factor, Brigmanis pointed out.

As reported, on Sunday, March 13, LNT broadcast Top 10 reported the Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis admits that the next year’s budget formulation and reform implementation could be decisive for some ministers, as changes might take place in the government after approving the state budget amendments at the Saeima.

Of course, if it is obvious a particular minister does not offer high-quality reforms or even does not want to implement them, certainly, this may result in his or her replacement, Dombrovskis said.

The Prime Minister indicated ministers are to prepare proposals for structural reforms in their sectors in line with the Reform Group’s decision. If structural reforms proposals are not efficient enough, the particular ministers will be assessed and this evaluation can also lead to some of them losing the post.

According to unofficial information, political lobbyists name several ministers, who should be replaced, because their competence or professionalism is doubted. Two GFU ministers have been mentioned as weak – the Welfare Minister Ilona Jurševska and the Education Minister Rolands Broks. As regards the Unity, the Foreign Affairs Minister Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis is said not to fit the post, as well as the Economics Minister Artis Kampars, who is in the post for the second term in a row and has managed to receive a series of reproaches.

Of the mentioned ministers only Rolands Broks is conceding the possibility to resign. In an interview to LNT he admitted linking his security in the post with the success of budget consolidation for 2012. However, Broks does not exclude the possibility to withdraw from the post.

Currently, the only known changes in the government are set for June 6, when the Interior Minister Linda Mūrniece leaves office. The Prime Minister wishes to see one of the party Unity’s members or a non-partisan professional taking her place.


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