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Unity could propose Pabriks as its presidential candidate

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPrime Minister Laimdota Straujuma still hopes the ruling coalition will be able to reach an agreement in regard to a single presidential candidate.

As noted by Straujuma in her interview to 900 seconds programme, if the Union of Greens and Farmers proposes its candidate on 11 May, Unity will propose Artis Pabriks as its official candidate.

When asked if there is a high probability of UGF’s candidate being supported by the coalition, Straujuma replied by saying: «Parties always have their reasons. What is important is how society reacts to this person. Only then talks can be held among parties again. It could be someone from UGF or some non-party candidate,» – said Straujuma.

Parties of the coalition are not in a hurry to make any official decisions in regard to potential candidates. The final decision could be made in the middle of May.

UGF plans to announce its official candidate on 11 May. Until then, the party will continue holding talks about potential candidates. Among them are Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs, Welfare Minister Uldis Augulis, Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis, Jelgava Mayor Andris Ravins, Gundars Daudze and Liepaja Mayor Uldis Sesks.

UGF Saeima faction Chairperson Augusts Brigmanis notes that coalition partners had previously voted for multiple potential candidates of UGF. In regard to other potential candidates that have not yet been voted on by the Saeima, it is important to keep in mind that Unity has had a cooperation agreement with Sesks’ represented Liepajas Party. The coalition also supports Ravins in Jelgava Council, said Brigmanis. This is why even if partners of the coalition have some protests, Brigmanis will be interested to listen to them, especially because parties of the coalition had previously supported or worked with the aforementioned candidates.

Brigmanishopes UGF will announce one of the aforementioned candidates as its official one. He notes he has no reason to discuss the possibility of UGF announcing some unexpected candidate. When asked whether or not the coalition will have to seek new candidates if no agreement is reached on the already proposed ones, Brigmanis noted that he doesn’t want to predict what may or may not happen.

Unity and the National Alliance had previously said they would wait until UGF proposes its candidate for discussion. Unity leader Solvita Abolitina allows for the possibility of her party announcing an official candidate on 11 May as well. She adds that it remains important for the coalition to reach an agreement on a single presidential candidate.

Unity has discussed multiple potential candidates, including Sandra Kalniete, Inese Vaidere, Ojars Eriks Kalnins, Aboltina and Artis Pabriks.

The National Alliance agrees that it is highly important for the coalition to reach an agreement in regard to a single presidential candidate as soon as possible. Co-Chairperson of the National Alliance GAidis Berzins emphasizes that no decisions have been made as of yet. He adds that candidate selection may continue after the May holiday. He also believes it is necessary to speak with partners, as nothing has changed in regard to the agreement on finding a single coalition candidate.

The National Alliance had previously suggested Egils Levits as the most appropriate candidate.

Two opposition parties have also officially announced their own presidential candidates – Latvian Regional Alliance has proposed Martins Bondars and To Latvia from the Heart has officially announced Gunars Kutris as its official candidate.

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