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Unity actively discusses government’s structure and ideology

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Solvita Aboltina

Even though there is a congress planned for the beginning of December for Unity, it is likely that there will not be any significant changes. Meanwhile, members of the party actively discuss the contribution of the leader of the political force Solvita Aboltina and the government’s structure, as well as the party’s ideology.

The party’s Riga department also promises to reveal its cards in regard to the proposed team that will take part in the municipal elections and their program, but only after the congress, Latvian Radio reports.

So far, Aboltina’s candidacy in the internal list of Unity’s members has been evaluated controversially. Unity’s representative, MP of Kandava’s parish – Solvita Horste – called not to re-elect Aboltina on the post of the leader, because otherwise Unity would “distance itself from the people even more.” Instead, she offers to put Lolita Cigane in charge.

Cigane, on the other hand, saying that she has insufficient experience, refused to candidate for this post instead offered to re-elect Aboltina, according to Pietiek’s list of Unity members states.

Even though some weeks before the congress a number of Aboltina’s associates noted her mistakes that could potentially lead the party to an end suffered by another party – the People’s Party, it is unlikely that the power will be taken away from the Saeima speaker, sources in Unity told Pietiek. Saeima MP Cigane, who ended up in Unity from the so called umbrella group, even though respected by some Unity authority representatives as a person, and as a possible candidate to someday replace Aboltina, refuses to candidate for the post of Chairwoman of the party’s Management Board.

Meanwhile discussions also concern the structure of the next Unity Management Board – instead of the current 21 members, it will have 15 members. Welfare Minister Ilze Vinkele mentioned an idea for Aboltina to offer hew own team. However, the issue in regard to whether or not only publicly known politicians should be accepted into the party’s management board remains controversial, Vinkele adds. Solvita Aboltina also voiced this idea, even though she herself has an ambiguous reputation in society, as well as the faction’s manager Dzintars Zakis. Officially, Unity does not confirm this criterion.

The congress is expected to have a discussion in regard to the party’s values, because, recently, both Saeima MP Inguna Ribena and MP of the European Parliament Inese Vaidere expressed opinions that Unity should maintain its conservative course. Nonetheless, the party also has a more liberally thinking wing.


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