Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma’s parliamentary secretary Rihards Kols from the National Alliance could potentially lose his post for signing the request to allow an extraordinary meeting of the Saeima in regard to the refugee matter.
A total of 34 signatures from Saeima deputies are required to organize an extraordinary Saeima meeting. Kols’ signature was the last one that was necessary. A total of 45 deputies signed the documents. They are representatives from Latvian Regional Alliance, To Latvia from the Heart, Harmony and the National Alliance.
Unity views such a step as a breach of the coalition agreement by NA. Deputy Chairperson of Saeima faction of Unity, Karlis Sadurskis, noted the point in the coalition agreement that states how partners of the coalition are not allowed the support initiatives for calling extraordinary Saeima meetings launched by the opposition, unless a specific decision by coalition partners has been made.
The politician added that this matter may be discussed during the next meeting of the ruling coalition. According to Sadurskis, representatives of NA should be asked whether or not they wish to continue working with their current partners.
Commenting on the criticisms regarding the alleged breach of the coalition agreement, Co-Chairperson of the National Alliance Raivis Dzintars asked whether or not the joint signing of the order to dismiss members of the National Electronic Media Council with the opposition can be considered a breach as well. Dzintars also expressed doubt on whether or not it is acceptable to make decisions in regard to the refugee matter by ignoring the position of the National Alliance and whether or not this complies with the coalition’s principle to coordinate important matters.
«We have always been clear on our position. We are concerned about this situation, and we use every opportunity to attract society’s attention,» – said Dzintars.
Signatures for calling an extraordinary Saeima meeting were collected on Wednesday. After the Saeima meeting, politicians from Unity and NA remained in the meeting hall the longest, still discussing the matter. According to information from LETA, Straujuma had informed Kols of the possibility of him being dismissed from his post that day. No official decision has been made as of yet.
When asked to comment the possibility of dismissing the Prime Minister’s parliamentary secretary, Sadursksis mentioned that «it would be consequent and logical for the Prime Minister to consider a different parliamentary secretary». «It is exactly the duty of a parliamentary secretary – to provide communication between members of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Saeima. It is the primary duty of the parliamentary secretary. What we see here is not providing communication,» – said the politician.
Dzintars, on the other hand, said that Kols carried out his duty with the best of intentions. «No one can criticize him for acting in accordance with his conscience and ideology of his party,» – said Dzintars.