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UGF will wait before announcing its PM candidate

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The Union of Greens and Farmers has decided not to announce its prime minister candidate, as announced by UGF Chairman Armands Krauze after the meeting with President Raimonds Vejonis.

Krauze explained his party’s decision by mentioning the announcement made by Unity’s Secretary General Artis Kampars in regards to his party taking the initiative in the government-formation process. Krauze also mentioned what Raimonds Vejonis said in regards to Unity and its leading role in this process.

«We have decided to keep our candidates to ourselves for now. We will wait for the president’s decision,» – he said.

As it is known, parties of the ruling coalition held informal talks with the President of Latvia this morning.

In his interview to LTV, Vejonis mentioned he landed the post of President of Latvia as a member of the Union of Greens and Farmers, the National Alliance has a speaker in the Saeima and it would only be logical for the seat of prime minister to be given to one of Unity’s representatives. The president admitted that this distribution of political influence is not something set in stone, and his choice of prime minister candidate would depend on the candidates he is offered.

Vejonis avoided giving a straight answer when asked if he would approve Solvita Aboltina as prime minister. All he said was that he has presented parties of the ruling coalition with a set of criteria for potential candidates – it should be someone capable of leading the government, someone supported by the entire coalition, someone with good reputation and respect from the population and someone who is capable of explaining and justifying his or her decisions to the population. According to the president, it is up to political parties to decide if their candidates are fit for those criteria.

If Unity decides to propose Aboltina, «I will look», said Vejonis, adding that any candidate proposed by coalition parties will be properly assessed.

He said he is interested in making sure Unity does not become fractured and remains capable of functioning properly as a member of the coalition. The country needs Unity to be strong, and so that no other party would be able to «usurp more power than it deserves».

Vejonis reminded that it would be best if the next government was similar to the previous one, which consisted of Unity, UGF and NA. The politician is certain that the current coalition is the most optimal as it is and that parties that are currently part of it should be in the next government as well. He did not exclude the possibility of the current coalition expanding.


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