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Pietiek.com knows what Zatlers and Urbanovich's parties don't know

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn the contrary to Zatlers Reform Party (ZRP) and Harmony Center’s (HC) statements, serious discussions on the next ministerial posts are already being held, according to the portal pietiek.com.

With reference to unnamed sources, the portal names the possible candidates for the Transport Minister post. One of them is ZRP member Aivis Landmanis, who is Ventpils terminal Kalija parks board member. Another possible candidate is Riga City Council member from Harmony Center Vadims Jeroshenko, who is also Riga Port board member. Information agency BNN contacted ZRP, HC and these persons to find out their comment on what has been published by pietiek.com.

Aivis Landmanis and Vadims Jeroshenko are set to refuse any comments up to the point their parties name official ministerial candidates.

ZRP member Victor Makarov was categorically against commenting on particular candidacies and offered to wait for official announcement of his party.

Sergey Dolgopolov, one of the most reputable Saeima members from HC, was more talkative. Without giving away any names, he told that given Latvian experience and contacts, the state could do much better in the transport sector. According to him, it could pay more attention to transit, railway. “Latvia should also see to it that people feel comfortable on roads, which is not something one can see today,” he said.

Asked whether the possibility of another party taking the post raises worry in him, Dolgopolovs points out that it is too early for that. “Each and every process has its own sequence,” he says.

BNN analysts believe that pietiek.com must have had a good reason to publish the story. Huge financial means flow via Transport Ministry within the block of economic ministries. So, one should not hope for smooth seizure of the post.

Landmanis has been associated with transit business for years already. He is also often named as one of the most eager Lembergs opponents. As the member of the previous Ventspils City Court, he attempted to struggle against Lembergs’ authoritarian methods to complicated life to those companies that were not under his influence.

Jeroshenko is Board Chairman at the cooperative finance company Laika Stars. According to pietiek.com, he is standing close to another Ventspils group representing the interests of Oleg Stepanov – fierce Lembergs’ opponent.

BNN forecasts that in case Aivis Landmanis is appointed Transport Minister, railway tariffs could be revised. Unlike Lithuanian tariffs, Latvian ones are as high as to divert 1.5 million tons of Belorussian potash fertilizers away from Ventspisl terminal Kalija parks straight to Klaipeda.

Being able to brush aside oligarchs’ influence, Ladmanis is a highly undesirable person for Lembergs, Slesers and Skele. In this respect, huge effort to slander Landmanis via media is expected.

Whereas, in case Jeroshenko is named the next Transport Minister, he might see to it that national support is provided to Riga City Council’s decision to allow construction of a mineral fertilizer in Riga Port. The project involves handling and storing of ammonium nitrate, which means that 1.05 million tons of the highly explosive substance also used for terrorist purposes would travel via Riga daily.

BNN sources in Unity and ZRP note that their leaders are aware of the fact that in case Transport Ministry were handed to HC, right-wing parties would be deprived of the ability to carry out their economic programmes.


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  1. WaterFall says:

    hope the project does not go trough

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  2. Shipper says:

    Aivis Landmanis is a good expert! He could reveal the corruption in the transport ministry

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