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LRA still to decide on Bergmanis as Minister of Defence

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Saeima MP Raimonds Bergmanis

The Latvian Regional Alliance (LRA) will word its position on Raimonds Bergmanis (Latvian Union of Greens and Farmers (UGF)) the day, when the vote on his candidacy to the post of the Minister of Defence, Dainis Liepiņš, head of the LRA Saeima faction.

It is assumed that the vote on the candidacy could take place in a Saeima session on July 8, while the parliament has not yet received a submission on the candidacy.

The LRA on Monday, June 15, met with Bergmanis, however, Liepiņš noted that he would not give an assesment on whether Bergmanis is a «good or a bad» candidate, but said he is a respectable person.

During the meeting, the LRA asked the candidate, among other issues, if he sees possibilites to fulfill committments towards NATO as to the volume of the national defence budget if government assumes the state budget might undergo consolidation.

Bergmanis had expressed a hope that the commitments would still be fulfilled, Liepiņs said.

Reportedly, Bergmanis has said that he is honoured to be asked to take post of the Defence Minister of Latvia. He added that it «is great a responsibility».

Bergmanis is a member of NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Security and Defence Commission. Bergmanis had previously worked in the Latvian Recruitment Centre and National Guard as a recruitment specialist.

Unity’s leader and head of the National Security Committee Solvita Aboltina mentioned in her interview to RigaTV 24 that there is no longer a need for the person to have a military background. «Bergmanis could become a strong defence minister,» said Aboltina.

She added that the situation within the coalition has not worsened all that much, because it was never all that positive to begin with. She especially mentioned how the National Alliance’s lack of integrity shocked her – often the party says one thing but does the opposite.

In the current situation within the coalition, mainly due to increased tension among coalition parties, selection of an appropriate replacement for Raimonds Vejonis, who has been elected President of Latvia is therefore is unable to continue his work as Defence Minister of Latvia, may be problematic.

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