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Political scientist: ministers «rotate» due to weak politicians

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Political scientist Andris Runcis

The political parties and their named minister candidates are weak, the political scientist Andris Runcis informs the agency LETA about his view on the future government representatives from The Greens and Farmers Union (Zaļo un Zemnieku Savienība, GFU).

He asserts the same people keep «rotating» in the ministers posts each Saeima, which means that the human resources available are weak and the political associations do not have professionals to replace them.

«Ministers «rotation» from one area to another is not typical for GFU exclusively, it is a characteristic of many parties testifying for their weakness,» says Runcis.

When evaluating GFU named candidates, Runcis states he is not surprised, emphasizing ministers have to be not only professionals but also good managers capable of seeing the overall «picture» of the sector. He points out experience shows it is not the best option to put a doctor into the post of the Minister of Health and a teacher – a Minister of Education and Science.

If the President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers appoints Dombrovskis as the Prime Minister, the joint Environment and Regional Development Ministry might be led by its current minister Raimonds Vējonis, while Jānis Dūklavs will continue heading the Ministry of Agriculture.

The current Minister of Welfare Uldis Augulis is named as Minister of Transport post, Minister of Education and Science – Rolands Broks, Minister of Welfare – Ilona Jurševska, Minister of Health – Juris Bārzdiņš.

GFU will be responsible for six ministries, while Unity – for seven

Unity names the former SEB bank economist Andris Vilks as the Minister of Finance, while the Minister of Economics – Artis Kampars.

Unity suggests Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, while the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Artis Pabriks would take the post of Minister of Defence, Aigars Štokenbergs – the Minister of Justice.

The current Minister of Interior will continue heading the Ministry, while Sarmīte Ēlerte is named as the Minister of Culture.


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    lack of professionals is the main problem

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