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Streips: Winnie the Pooh would sooner become Latvian PN than Lembergs

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«A lot can be said about “green farmers”, but they are not complete fools. The Union of Greens and Farmers maintains very infrequent rotation of its representatives in the Saeima, the majority of their current representatives have served or acted as though they served for a very long time,» – says journalist Kārlis Streips.

«One would think that Brigmanis would know that words “Aivars”, “Lembergs”, “Latvia’s”, “interests” and “prime-minister” have nothing in common, because it is absolutely clear that Lembergs has no intentions of leaving his beloved nest. He is no fool. He knows there is not a single flicker of possibility of the Constitution Protection Office ever even providing him with the highest level of access to official secrets,» – writes Streips for

According to him, «it is worth remembering the panic UGF tried to raise seven years ago, when they tried to make sure unnamed third persons were provided with access to official secrets. There is no point in guessing who all this was intended to serve. In any case, it was this act that forced then the President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga to announce a referendum [most likely to clean up the Saeima for good, just in case].»

«It failed, but Lembergs’ status remains unchanged even since then: he is a person who is accused of committing serious crimes, he attends court hearings. With that, it is more likely that Winnie the Pooh or Harry Potter will become Latvia’s Prime Minister before Lembergs even comes close to it,» – says Streips.

«We, the voters, are currently presented a show “Want to marry?”. Lembergs is advertised as though a bride in different newspapers. In his pocket newspaper, Lembergs is advertised the following way – “Meanwhile Mr Lembergs says he needs time to consider this offer.” The Duke himself to LETA: “This turn of events is rather unexpected for me.” This is coming from a man who has been the official PM candidate for UGF for many years.

And this is why it is necessary to think about naïve Latvians mentioned in the headlines. I cannot fathom why this person is the most popular UGF figure. If so, other members of UGF should at least feel ashamed. A criminally accused person is more popular than me? What does that say about me? But this story is not about them. UGF clearly hopes that voters will be sufficiently naïve and, honestly speaking, dumb enough to believe that it is absolutely O.K. to have a prime minister who does not have access to official secrets and is forced to spend most of his time not in the Cabinet of Ministers, but in court. It is even more delusional of them to believe that there is even the slightest chance people will find this acceptable. This is one incredibly cynical move by UGF. It is clear that even our Defence Minister is prepared to be part of all this. I can understand: rating is what it is. Maybe there is some fool who would consider casting a vote thinking our Duke can manage the entire country,» – notes the journalist.

According to information from LETA, Lembergs has accepted the offer extended by UGF and has agreed to become a PM candidate from the party.

Previously mentioned potential candidates included Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs, Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis and Welfare Minister Uldis Augulis. When asked if by accepting this offer Lembergs has become the only candidate from UGF, Lembergs replied by saying that this matter is for the party’s Board to decide.


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  1. Ilmars says:

    He who pays the piper calls the tune.
    The UFG take their money and their orders from Lemsbergs. Its called corruption.
    If Lemsbergs were elected then he would be running the Latvian presidentcy from his jail cell.

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