Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis’ chances of taking up office as Prime Minister of Latvia are considered good, and there may not be any major changes in the new government in terms of ministers, believes politologist Juris Rozenvalds.
The expert said that the situation with Laimdota Straujuma, her decision to step down and the time when this was done will not give Unity any points. «If a serious conversation about the future of the government is absent from the party’s congress and the prime minister then goes to the president to announce her plans to step down, it shows the way things are sorted out in Unity. This does not benefit them in any way. Even though Straujuma’s decision to step down was logical, last week’s congress of Unity should have talked about it,» – emphasized Rozenvalds.
Speaking of the next coalition’s model, Rozenvalds said there are two variants – either the current coalition remains or it is expanded with the Latvian Regional Alliance. Adding LRA to the coalition would be done with obvious intent – to reduce the influence of the National Alliance in the government.
Kozlovskis’ chances of becoming Prime Minister of Latvia Rozenvalds considers as good, as Kozlovskis has support from partners. However, there could be some surprises.
«I believe his chances are good, especially because his public image is positive, regardless of the fact that he is supportive of the plans to resettle refugees in Latvia,» – added the politologist.
It is hard for Rozenvalds to comment which ministers can hope to retain their seats in the new government. He does believe there will not be any major changes.
«I believe the current composition of the Cabinet of Ministers is professional enough to handle any potential challenges. The biggest challenge, I believe, is organizing these people and making sure the government communicates properly. I believe Laimdota Straujuma is a very qualified official and person, but leading a government was not her cup of tea,» – said Rozenvalds.
As previously reported, after her meeting with President Raimonds Vejonis, Laimdota Straujuma announced her intentions to step down as Prime Minister of Latvia.
Previously Straujuma mentioned that she would want to see Rihards Kozlovskis in the seat of Prime Minister.
As it is known, lately there has been a lot of talk about the possible change of government. These talks became even more active after Straujuma requested the dismissal of Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss.
Previously officials had been reluctant to comment the possible change of government. «All governments come to an end sooner or later. When that moment comes, I will inform everyone,» – Straujuma previously said.