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Attīstībai/Par! candidate believes Edgars Rinkēvičs should remain as Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEdgars Rinkēvičs from New Unity so far is the best candidate for the post of Foreign Affairs Minister of Latvia regardless if the new government is formed from five or six parties, said Attīstībai/Par! prime minister candidate Artis Pabriks in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

When asked what he thinks about the proposal from the New Conservative Party – that the foreign affairs minister should have diplomatic experience and remain politically neutral – Pabriks said Edgars Rinkēvičs, who is Latvia’s current Foreign Affairs Minister, has diplomatic experience but lacks political neutrality, because he was elected in the parliament from New Unity.

Nevertheless, Pabriks believes Latvia «cannot afford to play around with such an important post in the current complicated geo-political situation». With that, he believes Rinkēvičs is the best candidate at the moment.

The leader of Attīstībai/Par! also said that he has nothing against what Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis has accomplished in his post so far.

As for the general division of posts in the forming government, Pabriks said he does not want to exclude any discussions. He believes it is clear the desire of parties to have control over ministries will always exceed the supply of posts. «We will look at candidates’ qualifications, compare and study what parties find the most important. We have not yet reached this point, but we should leave it in the hands of the prime minister the president will pick,» said the politician.

In an interview to the programme, Pabriks said again that if the president nominates him for the prime minister’s post, he will do everything to form a decisive government. «I hope each of the six parties will be able to take steps towards each other and at least one step back to reach a compromise,» he said, adding that he is prepared to speak with all parties equally and with an open heart.


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