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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUResigning Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma believes Unity must not push away differently-minded members of the party. Instead the party should become one team and propose is own PM candidate, as reported by lsm.lv.

Straujuma believes Unity has to propose its own candidate. If there are multiple candidates, the president will have more room for choice. She does not believe Unity has lost its chance to form the government. The party plans to announce its candidate on 28 December.

The resigning PM admits that it is unfortunate that the political party that received the second largest number of votes failed to maintain the government for a full four-year term. This is why the party should consider forming a stronger team.

«We need to look for ways to progress forward together,» – said Straujuma, adding that the party is currently going through a recovery period.

When asked what pushes away differently-minded people in the party, Straujuma said: «If the captain of a team goes out and tells a player ‘You are bad!’, how can such a team win?»

She also admits that opinion can differ in the faction. However, all 23 of us are elected in the Saeima as part of Unity. Difference of opinions does not mean people cannot be part of the party. There are members of the faction who do not support Solvita Aboltina as a potential prime minister or are willing to support her but with certain conditions.

As it is known, Laimdota Straujuma announced her resignation from the post of Prime Minister of Latvia on 7 December. Solvita Aboltina has since been mentioned as one of the potential candidates. However, neither the National Alliance nor the Union of Greens and Farmers are willing to support her.

The president has asked parties of the ruling coalition to come up with proposals in regards to the composition of the next government and name potential PM candidates before the end of the year.

The current coalition in Latvia consists of 61 out of 100 Saeima deputies (Unity – 23, UGF – 21 and NA – 17). Opposition parties Latvian Regional Alliance has 8 deputies in the Saeima, To Latvia from the Heart has 7 deputies.

Harmony has the largest faction in the parliament – 24 deputies. However, the coalition categorically refuses to work with this party.

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