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Zatlers: prime minister debates in Latvia have become a farce

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe country’s president should be strong enough to overcome the weakness of the executive power, when the ruling party decides to undermine its own Prime Minister, and make it into a better government. We need real candidates. We don’t need a single candidate. We need each party to propose a candidate of its own and hold actual debates, believes former president Valdis Zatlers.

«The last proper prime minister debates were held in Latvia in 2007, after the collapse of Aigars Kalvitis’ government. Unfortunately, it has since become a farce. This is because absolutely unreal candidates are taking part in them – Aivars Lembergs, Nil Ushakov, Inguna Sudraba. What’s worse, society accepts it. This farce, which society should not have accepted, is starting to become uncontrolled. The two recent resignations – Valdis Dombrovskis and Laimdota Straujuma – were carried out based on the same scenario. This is only logical, seeing as how the political elite makes decisions based on rumours. There was no economic or social reason for the fall of the government. The Prime Minister, who agreed to serve, was one day asked to leave. Had the president said he would not nominate bubble blowers, maybe the government would not have collapsed,» – said Zatlers in an interview to Ir.

According to him, the president has the privilege to ask parties to propose candidates based on set criteria. Candidates of the ruling coalition have to be able to prove why they are the best for this post. If Unity has the best candidate, that candidate should lead the government. If they don’t, a better one should be selected.

«In regards to Solvita Aboltina as a potential candidate, I will ask a counter-question – would you say she is a popular and respectable leader after the way she muscled her way back into the Saeima and loudly hood at pensioners? What party in its right mind would even consider nominating a politician with such a reputation? People will only turn away from that party,» – said Zatlers.

«There is one fundamental thing everyone should understand – when the executive power admits is weakness, the president becomes very powerful. The president has hard work ahead of him and opportunities to do some good for his country,» – said Zatlers.


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