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Reform Party prepared to fight for Edmunds Sprudzs

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Reform Party (RP) denies all speculations voiced on political backstage that it would sacrifice one of its leaders, namely the publicly criticized Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Edmunds Sprudzs, if the government crisis leads to ministerial portfolio division.

“The faction and the Board are both strict about not getting involved in such games and defend all of the party’s ministers. There are no backstage talks with RP,” – said Edgars Rinkevics to Pietiek.

The portal is aware that Sprudzs has been communicating much with his party comrades and has taken a pause.

Pietiek knows that losing Sprudzs, who has already gone down in history by issuing the order to dismiss Aivars Lembergs from the post of Mayor of Ventspils, would mean losing part of its identity and support from the people that have experienced Lembergs’ destructive influence over these years. Sprudzs is currently away on a two-week leave. According to his colleagues, he is “emotionally bursting”. Along with the criticisms about errors in communication, Sprudzs has taken some serious blows from politically uninvolved parties ever since Lembergs’ dismissal. He was mostly criticized by media related to Lembergs.

The minister also experienced doubts about the backing of his party when the core of RP talked about Martins Bondars’ possible joining of RP, even though it was well known that he was largely against Sprudzs. At the same time, some individuals of RP’s core told the portal that Bondars’ sudden confrontation of Sprudzs was “a clear red signal for all of us”, which then led to a full refusal of his candidacy.

For some people, Sprudzs’ absence from the recent RP advertisement video seemed suspicious. The portal knows that Sprudzs will appear in the second video, which was filled at the sate time as the first.

During the Thursday Seaima vote, even though there was support on the government and coalition meetings, Unity officials voted against Sprudzs’ proposed draft law. This initiative was intended to make the work of municipal officials more professional. It is unofficially said that this vote can be considered a push to make Sprudzs give up and leave on his own.

It is said on the political back stage that Sprudzs’ dismissal could help resolve the government crisis, giving way to the National Union – the main rioters. It could also help realize Unity’s and Olsteins’ six planned seizing of the Transport Minister’s portfolio.

Even though the agreement about a new Transport Minister is not yet made and is currently put off until February, when the PM is expected to return from his foreign visits, a more realistic scenario is believed to be Unity leading the Transport Ministry, giving “olsteininans” the post of TM state secretary. The leader of the National Union, Raivis Dzintars, told LETA that he does not support Sprudzs’ decision to dismiss Lembergs. He believes it was only “a popular move with no real consequences, not an attempt to save the country.”


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