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Government reaches an agreement on division of ministries

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAs the Union of Greens and Farmers accepted Unity’s proposal to take charge over Defence Ministry, so did other coalition partners reached a compromise in regard to the division of other ministries in the new government.

Unity will be represented by Laimdota Straujuma as Prime Minister. This party will also likely take charge over Finance Ministry, Healthcare Ministry and Education and Science Ministry. Transport Ministry, on the other hand, will be controlled by Unity and non-party deputies.

Reform Party’s representatives will continue managing Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry and Economy Ministry.

The National Alliance will control Culture Ministry, Justice Ministry and Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry.

Union of Greens and Farmers will take over Defence Ministry, Welfare Ministry and Agriculture Ministry.

This is the third proposal from Straujuma to be accepted by coalition partners. Her first proposal stated Reform Party would take over Healthcare Ministry, Union of Greens and Farmers would take over Foreign Ministry and Unity would provide a Defence Minister and Education Minister.

Straujuma’s second proposal provided for Education Ministry being offered to UGF and Defence Ministry to Unity. UGF had then announced it would not take over Education and Science Ministry.

Coalition parties have yet to officially announce their ministers; some have been unofficially announced.

It is likely that Andris Vilks will remain as Finance Minister, Ingrīda Circene will remain as Healthcare Ministera and Anrijs Matīss will remain as Transport Minister. Saeima Education, Culture and Science Committee lead Ina Druviete could take over as Education Minister.

It is also planned to have Edgars Rinkēvičs (Foreign Minister) and Rihards Kozlovskis (Interior Minister) to remain in their posts. It is not yet clear whether or not Daniels Pavļuts will remain in his post as Economy Minister. It is possible that Education Minister Vyacheslav Dombrovskis could replace him as Economy Minister. National Alliance’s Culture Minister Dace Melbārde is also likely to continue to work in her post. Einārs Cilinskis of the National Alliance is likely to become the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister. Justice Minister’s post could be filled by the current State Secretary to the Justice Ministry Mārtiņš Lazdovskis.

Agriculture Ministry could end up entrusted to Saeima deputy and once a minister Jāņis Dūklavs. Welfare Ministry will likely be led by Uldis Augulis and Raimonds Vējonis could be come the next Defence Minister.

The minister candidates will need to be approved by the Saeima.

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