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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAccording to Laimdota Straujuma, Unity has to offer other prime minister candidates, because the current candidate – Solvita Aboltina – does not have sufficient support within her own party or other coalition parties, as reported by lsm.lv.

«I don’t see a way to form the government without the National Alliance and Union of Greens and Farmers. Unity should look through its ranks; look in regions and the European Parliament. We are not so poor,» – she said in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV.

She added that approximately one-third of members of Unity are against Aboltina’s candidacy. «I would say one-third of the party if we look at votes,» – said Straujuma.

She admitted voting against Aboltina as well. «I can publically say they I personally voted against her,» – said Straujuma. She refused to provide arguments as to why she did that. «It is Unity’s internal problem,» – said the former prime minister.

Straujuma said there are two people in Unity who can become Latvia’s next prime minister. «We have to find a person in our ranks who can do it. […] Don’t ask specific names from me! I believe there are some [people]! […] I have two on my mind, […] both are from our party […]. One of them is a former minister. […] Let it remain a secret. I will mention them to the party’s board,» – said the former prime minister.

Unity’s Secretary General Artis Kampars mentioned in his interview to Latvijas Radio that his party plans to discuss possible scenarios this week. This is because Solvita Aboltina has apparently failed to gather enough support in within the party.

Kampars said the party’s only candidate at the moment is Solvita Aboltina.

«Yes, there are people who have said they would not support her. It is a reality for us and it also is one of the arguments why we should reconsider our strategy in this situation,» – said Kampars. According to him, Aboltina can be formally proposed for the post. However, it is currently unknown whether it would benefit the formation of a new coalition.

«We know the National Alliance has announced its ultimatum [against Aboltina as prime minister]. It seems the party does not plan to back off. Since the situation is rather complicated, we will act responsibly, especially considering the government has a lot of work to do within the country’s internal politics […],» – said Kampars.

According to Kampars, Aboltina has no unanimous support as a prime minister candidate within the ranks of Unity. The party plans to discuss further actions in this matter, lsm.lv reports.

When asked about Unity’s previously mentioned trumps, Kampars said his party busily discusses all kinds of scenarios. «We have multiple potential candidates to choose from: candidates in the European Parliament, people experienced in politics as well many young and talented people who, I believe, are worthy of the highest posts in our government […],» – said Kampars without revealing any names.

Kampars believes parties will have to start from scratch – reach agreements on state interests, not just their own. Also Kampars believes Unity should take the initiative in the government formation process.

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