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Latvian coalition partners have different opinions about control over Saeima committees

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt seems there are some conflicting opinions among coalition partners regarding the management of parliamentary committees. Considering that the composition of the new government suggests handing over control over Finance Ministry to the Union of Greens and Farmers and the Education and Science Ministry to Unity, UGF would also like to see a change in the managements of Saeima committees.

Unity is offered to take over Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee and UGF will take over the Budget and Finance Committee.

According to unofficial information, Ilze Vinkele may become the head of the Education Committee and Armands Krauze or Janis Vucans (current head of Education Committee) may become the head of the Budget Committee.

However, Unity is reluctant to give control over the Budget and Finance Committee to UGD, saying that it was previously promised to keep the management of this committee unchanged in the new government. When nominating Maris Kucinskis for the post of prime minister, President Raimonds Vejonis said Karlis Sadurskis could continue managing the Budget and Finance Committee. Other UGF leaders had also initially expressed the same opinion. The offer to replace the heads of the two aforementioned parliamentary committees came this week.

UGF states that such a change would be logical, considering that Unity has been offered to manage Education and Science Ministry and UGF would instead take over Finance Ministry. It is also mentioned that UGF had previously offered Unity to take charge over Lang-term Development Committee. This committee is currently managed by Kucinskis. Laimdota Straujuma may be offered to lead this committee in Kucinskis’ stead.

On Thursday, coalition partners agreed to divide areas of influence in the new government. The only uncertainty at the moment surrounds three of Unity’s ministers – Education and Science Minister, Economy Minister and Welfare Minister. The party plans to discuss potential candidates on Monday, 1 February. Karlis Sadurskis is mentioned as a potential candidate for the post of Education and Science Minister of Latvia. Arvils Aseradens, Janis Reirs and Ilze Vinkele are mentioned as potential Economy Minister and Welfare Minister.

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