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Multiple Unity members unofficially mentioned as potential PM candidates

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Finance Minister Janis Reirs, who one of multiple Unity members unofficially mentioned as a potential successor to Laimdota Straujuma, says he has not been asked to become an actual candidate.

Reirs emphasizes that no talks have been carried out with him. He claims that the possibility of him becoming an official candidate of his party has not yet been discussed by members of Unity. Neither has President Raimonds Vejonis talked to him on this matter.

When asked if he would accept the post of prime minister, the politician said: «I will consider such a possibility if a discussion comes up». At the same time, he mentioned that he has a lot of work as it is and plans for his current post. Reirs added that he had previously worked as head of Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee for multiple years. Now he is the country’s Finance Minister and he believes there should be stability in the country’s policy.

The minister reminds that Unity plans to hold a meeting on Monday, 4 January. During this meeting, members of the party will discuss a plan of actions in relation to the formation of the new government in Latvia.

President Raimonds Vejonis has decided to take the initiative in the process of selecting the next prime minister. This decision was made by him as a result of the inability of the ruling coalition to reach an agreement in regards to the composition of the new government of Latvia.

Multiple members of Unity are mentioned as potential candidates. Among them are Janis Reirs, Rihards Kozlovskis, Edgars Rinkevics, Andris Piebalgs and Janis Rozenbergs. Most of them have already said they are not prepared to become candidates. Some coalition politicians also mention the possibility of Arvils Aseradens, Finance Ministry’s parliamentary secretary, becoming a candidate.

Up until now Unity has had only one internal vote in regards to one of its potential candidates – Solvita Aboltina. It is reported that she received support from the majority of the party’s members and board. However, the National Alliance is against her as a prime minister candidate and will not support her if Unity decides to pick her as an official candidate.


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