In regards to the distribution of political power in Latvia, it would be best to maintain the unwritten agreement of the coalition in regards to the established areas of influence. With that, Unity should retain the post of prime minister of Latvia, believes Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis.
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.
If parties of the coalition do not come forth with candidates, the process of the search for potential candidates will continue. However, the president would be forced to play a more active role in this process. Vejonis could not say for certain what would happen in the event of such a scenario. He believes it would be best if he did not get involved in political processes at this stage.
When asked if parties could ignore his suggestion to progress in government formation processes, Vejonis only said that he has come to the conclusion that it is possible to form a capable and strong government from the current composition of the Saeima.
«Latvia will not stay without a government for long. There will be a new government in January,» – said Vejonis.
The president denied rumours that he got his post thanks to support from Aboltina and that he is expected to give something back for that support. Vejonis claims that he did a lot in order to convince Saeima deputies why he would be a good candidate for President of Latvia. «I am independent in my decisions,» – said Vejonis.