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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPartners of the coalition and Prime Minister candidate Laimdota Straujuma will meet on January 8 to discuss the formation of the new government in Latvia.

Politicians are likely to discuss the division of ministries among coalition partners and priorities for the new government.

Unity’s representatives have said that ministries should be divided in a fair way. Each party would take responsibility for three ministries. Unity would take responsibility for four, including Finance Ministry. One of the suggested principles includes each coalition party to take over one ‘resource’ ministry (Transport Ministry, Environmental Protection and Regional Development ministry, Economy Ministry and Agriculture Ministry), one ‘responsibility’ ministry (Welfare Ministry, Healthcare Ministry, Education and Science Ministry and Culture Ministry) and one of the ‘force’ and ‘strategic’ or legal bloc ministries (Defence Ministry, Justice Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Interior Ministry).

There is a high probability that the National Alliance’s Culture Minister Dace Melnbarde, Reform Party’s Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis and Transport Minister Anrijs Matīss may retain their posts in the new government. There is also a high probability that Agriculture Ministry will be led by Jānis Dūklavs of the Union of Greens and Farmers. Unity will likely take charge over Finance Ministry.

Up until now it was believed Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (RP) could remain in his post after all, but now there have been rumours that UGF’s representative Raimonds Vējonis could take his place.

Reform Party hopes it will not lose control over Economy Ministry. However, based on what politicians say it seems unlikely that Pavluts will remain in his post. National Alliance’s representative Kaspars Gerhards is seen as a fitting replacement for Daniels Pavļuts.

Union of Greens and Farmers also wishes to take over the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry. The party can propose former Board member of Ventspils Freeport Artis Stucka as its candidate. The National Alliance, on the other hand, could entrust this ministry to Einārs Cilinskis.

Defence Minister Artis Pabriks is likely to retain his post as well. The National Alliance is also likely to retain its control over Justice Ministry.

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