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Piebalgs predicts intense competition for the reins over Unity

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Former European Commissioner Andris Piebalgs does not believe Solvita Aboltina, the current head of Unity, should leave the party.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn an interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV, Piebalgs said that the next leader of the party should be able to stabilize the situation in the party. He believes that there are many opinions in the party, which is has taken a self-destructive path.

He did not say how much support he currently has. He only said it will be possible to say for certain on the day of the party’s congress. Piebalgs did say that he expects intense competition with the other candidate – Edvards Smiltens, as reported by lsm.lv.

«It will be difficult for party members to decide. There will be some intense competition,» – said Piebalgs.

He added that it is clear – Unity will have a new leader. This will be a serious change for the party. Time will tell whether or not it will bring any tangible results.

Piebalgs believes the party has to clearly define what it needs. Piebalgs would also like to see that all members of the party with opinions follow the leader. «They can criticize him, but they have to follow him».

Piebalgs explains Unity’s low popularity with the fact that it has been in power for a long time, so there is a certain degree of exhaustion among voters. Ratings of the party were also impacted by internal disputes – voters don’t like it. In addition, the party has to clearly define what it wants.

At the same time, Piebalgs believes Solvita Aboltina, who is not a candidate for the post of the head of the party, could continue her active work in the party, including the management board.

«I see no reason for her to leave completely,» – said Piebalgs.

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