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Betsafe predicts: will Duklavs remain Latvia’s Agriculture Minister?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAlthough Unity has asked the Union of Greens and Farmers to replace Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs with someone else after the scandalous oligarch talks in Ridzene hotel, Duklavs will likely keep his post, according to Betsafe bookmakers. There is a 33% probability of Duklavs losing his post.

«Aside from Aivars Lembergs, Janis Duklavs is the only one of the current politicians who has become stuck in the Ridzene talks scandal the deepest. He has even made off with a million from it. In one of the episodes of those talks, Duklavs asked Ainars Slesers for help in selling a piece of land situated on the territory of Riga Freeport,» Betsafe bookmakers say.

They add that Duklavs denies the information published by Ir magazine. The minister has also released information, asking law enforcement institutions to investigate the facts mentioned in oligarch talks as soon as possible, thereby hoping to prove his honesty. In his statement, Duklavs mentions never wanting to stay for long in high posts. Still, the minister has no plans to step down.

Duklavs’ dismissal was requested by the opposition party Latvian Association of Regions. This week, however, Unity asked UGf to pick a new candidate to replace Duklavs. «Unity vice-chairman Edvards Smiltens did say almost immediately that no dismissal is requested. The third government party – National Alliance – has not raised any objections against Duklavs. With that, the pressure coming from coalition partners on Duklavs is insignificant.»

According to Betsafe bookmakers, Duklavs’ remainder in his post will depend on support from his party. A couple of months ago Duklavs challenged Augusts Brigmanis for the post of chairman of Latvian Farmers Union. Later, however, he withdrew his candidacy. «These events point to Duklavs’ ambition to take this post in the future. It is possible, however, Ridzene’s scandal has closed all roads for Duklavs to take charge of the party. If UGF decides Duklavs cannot continue working as one of the party’s main front-runners, his place in the government may be given to someone else.»

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  1. Ilmars says:

    How come a crook like this is still a minister in a national government.
    In any other country, Duklavs would be in jail.

    • Zerry says:

      Crooks are not biting each other. It’s actually and simply “lack of balls” to do difficult political decisions. Easier is not to do anything.

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