She decided to step down due to ‘political pressure’ in the case about the exclusion of Vinkele and Cigane from the party and the decision of the Ethics Committee to exclude Vinkele in spite of Eihentale’s decision not to take part in the making of this decision.
Eihentale had previously informed the Ethics Committee that she would not take part in the meeting on the aforementioned matter. She explained her decision by saying that she is an assistant of Saeima deputy Ints Dalderis, who, like Cigane and Vinkele, represents the so-called six of Unity’s faction. Eihentale emphasized that the party’s code of ethics allows members of the committee to abstain from decision-making processes.
Members of the Ethics Committee who made the decision to exclude Vinkele, did not prepare and appropriate decision to be submitted at the party’s 18 April meeting, said Eihentale. She also added that members of the committee should serve as examples for compliance with ethics regulations.
As explained by Ethics Committee’s Deputy Chairman Gatis Purins, Eihentale will no longer work in the committee. She will be replaced by another member of the party. It will be Didzis Senbergs.
Eihentale does not provide any detailed comments in regards to her decision.
Other members of the Ethics Committee claim there was no political pressure, and that Eihentale had mentioned a differed reason for leaving.
«I’ve not felt any political pressure. If you are in charge and you have a different political view, you have to argument it well, not step aside,» – said Valdis Gavars, a member of the committee.
Unity’s Ethics Committee has decided to exclude Vinkele from the party, according to unofficial information from LETA. The committee has not asked Cigane to consider leaving the party.
Members of the committee are reluctant to provide comments on this decision. Decisions made by the Ethics Committee are recommendations. Decisions regarding the exclusion of politicians from the party are made by the management board of the party.
Solvita Aboltina says Vinkele and Cigane have been criticized for not following the statutes of the party in relation to the election of the State President. Specifically, had there been only one candidate left during elections, the entire Unity faction should have supported a single candidate. Cigane and Vinkele had made a different decision.
Vinkele and Cigane represent the so-called Unity’s Six. These deputies had supported the inclusion of the National Alliance in the government coalition during government formation processes and did not support Solvita Aboltina for the post of Prime Minister of Latvia.