The previous Saeima Speaker and leader of Unity Solvita Aboltina intends to become Latvia’s Prime Minister. It is worth mentioning, however, that she was not elected in the 12th Seaima and became a deputy solely because some other deputy had suddenly and conveniently for her decided to put down his mandate.
Results of the 12th Saeima elections stated that Aboltina would not enter the Saeima. Unity had gained three deputy mandates in Kurzeme. Unity’s voters in Kurzeme had given Aboltina the fourth largest amount of support among other candidates on Unity’s list. Unfortunately for her, she received 6,540 pluses and 6,289 minuses during elections. Which meant she would not enter the Saeima after all, TVNET reminds.
Coincidentally, Janis Junkurs, a member of Unity who did get elected in the Saeima, decided to put down his mandate and hand it over to Aboltina.
Allegedly, Junkurs had left because he had received a job offer outside of Latvia. He told the media how he had estimated his chances of being elected in the Saeima prior to elections. Because of that, he had begun searching for alternative job offers. After receiving unjustified accusations, Junkurs said, he decided to accept the offer and leave Latvia.
After the Aboltina failed to enter the 12th Saeima and the whole story with Junkurs, the matter regarding her ability to lead Unity became rather topical. Nevertheless, she managed to not only remain in the Saeima but also retain her post in Unity.
Aboltina’s failure to be elected to the parliament «was a clear signal from voters», said politologist Juris Rozenvalds. «Voters have decided what they have decided. We have to respect their choice. Those that have been elected should work,» – he said.
Aboltina believes the fact that she remained behind her colleagues in terms of Saeima entry was not the result of her work, but rather the result of a campaign against her.
When asked if she had made any conclusions after the publication of election results in Kurzeme, Aboltina said there is either something wrong with the voting system or the human psyche. She added that a smear campaign can come up with all kinds of lies.
In regards to Laimdota Straujuma’s government, Aboltina said that government was formed with plans for a full four-year term, because 61 votes are enough for stable work. The politician added that «there is not a different equation in the Saeima», which will allow for all kinds of combinations of political parties.
In her declaration, Aboltina stated that she uses a Volkswagen Tiguan (2014). In addition, she had cash savings worth EUR 5,700 and non-cash savings worth EUR 29,500. For her work in the Saeima, Aboltina was paid more than EUR 40,000 in 2014. According to her declaration, she has no debts and outstanding loans that exceed 20 minimum wages.