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Latvian ex-president concerned over UGF’s possible government takeover

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIf the Union of Greens and Farmers also acquires the seat of prime minister, it will basically acquire control in all levels of Latvia’s political structure, said former president of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga.

Speaking of the government formation process and potential PM candidates, Vike-Freiberga said that Laimdota Straujuma was approved in the post of prime minister of Latvia once rumours started circulating regarding her possible dismissal. According to her, it created an unhealthy political atmosphere. She admits that she was surprised when Straujuma decided to carry all the weight delegated to her, including Latvia’s first presidency over the EU Council.

Vike-Freiberga adds that she is surprised by the progress of the current prime minister selection process.

When asked about the chances of Solvita Aboltina becoming prime minister, the ex-president reminded that Aboltina had been offered this post twice in the past and the leader of Unity had declined both times. «Maybe she had other ambitions,» – said Vike-Freiberga.

The ex-president believes giving over the reins of power to UGF would be an odd decision, considering their ‘patron and uncle’ has influence in all the important levels of Latvia’s politics. Vike-Freiberga reminds two of Latvia’s presidents – Andris Berzins and Raimonds Vejonis – both come from UGF. «If we leave all parties in one end of the playing field, won’t it harm the balance of power in the country?» – Vike-Freiberga expresses her concern.

As it is known, UGF did not announce its PM candidate this Monday. The party has instead decided to wait for the first move of Unity in this matter.

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