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Unity to ask the prime minister to explain his public statements about the party

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUUnity expresses uncertainty about Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis’ publicly voiced statements about the party. Unity plans to ask Kucinskis to explain his statements at the next Cooperation Council’s meeting.

As it is known, Kucinskis announced at a recent press-conference that the car owned by Inga Kolegova’s brother was stopped on the Latvian border. This, according to him, proves he has information detailing schemes and structures within SRS that do not wish a manager that would change the institution. Kucinskis also mentioned Unity, saying that there are people within the party that do not want reforms to be carried out in the party.

SRS denied in a conversation with LETA that one of its structure units had stopped a car owned by Molport (company owned by Kolegova’s brother). SRS also denied allegations about any attempts to use the service’s resources to influence the process of selecting a new head for the institution.

Kucinskis’ press-secretary Andrejs Vaivars told LETA that SRS officials had inspected a package addressed to Imants Zudans’ company at Riga International Airport and that it was a simple routine check.

P.R.A.E. public relations projects director Arnis Lapins said that Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis made a classic miscommunication mistake.

«It can be safely said why things happened the way they did yesterday. Maybe some new information will appear shortly, but right now it seems that a classic miscommunication mistake has taken place – believing rumours without checking information and going public with it,» – said Lapins.

When asked how this situation can be resolved, Lapins proposed looking into how this situation came to be. «This happens – people run around, too busy to check things, and suddenly information surfaces that seems beneficial to someone. Everyone believes this information, again – without checking,» – said the expert.

«People will forgive the first time, but if the preferred is shown as the truth and rumours exceed the facts, things will go bad,» – added Lapins.

Nevertheless, Unity emphasizes that it is a member of the coalition that is prepared to work as part of Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis’ government and defend state and public interests. The party is interested in enhancing the capabilities, authority and public trust in SRS. It is especially important to ensure that reforms initiated to enhance tax administration in SRS are continued.

‘Unfortunately, we have to conclude that following the finance minister’s proposal the head of the government is prepared to approve a person whose reputation puts in question her ability to perform her duties in an honest way,’ – notes Unity.

Major contradictions between Kolegova’s explanations and the information available in public registers about payments of dividends in Pallogs surfaced during the meeting between the party and the candidate. This is because publicly available decisions made during meetings of the management board of Pallogs did not provide the division of profits. Considering the surfaced contradictions, the party has decided the matter regarding Kolegova’s approval as the head of SRS to be postponed for a week. The party has also requested SRS to carry out a thematic inspection of Kolegova’s situation and the situation at Pallogs.

Unity finds it unacceptable to approve Kolegova through such a non-transparent and rushed personnel selection process. «In such a situation, there should be no rush in choosing the next head of SRS. The process for selecting a head for such an important post should be well-thought out, compliant with state interests and understandable to society,» – the party concluded.

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