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The yet to be publicly voiced decision of Finance Minister Andris Vilks to fire the ministry’s parliamentary secretary Karina Korna without first informing the party’s [Unity] Board has uncovered internal conflicts in the would-be monopolist ruling party.

The minister’s decision will, most likely, be discussed on the March 18 meeting of the Board of Unity in the context of activities being carried out by the former from the so-called Repse’s association. People related to this association are still employed at the Finance Ministry’s bureau. It is possible that internal affairs have caused the minister to fire Korna, Pietiek portal reports.

Vilks made the decision to fire Korna in the second half of last week, when PM Valdis Dombrovskis was outside of Latvia – on the European Council summit in Brussels. According to information from Pietiek, this decision was not coordinated with the leader of Unity – Saeima Speaker Solvita Aboltina.

Welfare Minister Ilze Vinkele was the only person who was informed about Korna’s dismissal.

The fact that Vinkele was the only person who knew about this decision, caused talks within Unity that the minister allegedly has contacts outside of the party, and that these contacts can be used in the event of possible changes within the government this summer.

Korna was a Board member and a notable figure of Unity. It is said that she was “eyes and ears” of the party over Vilks, ones he had to get rid of. Vilks is still surrounded by people related to Einars Repse and Edgars Jaunups.

The formal reason for Korna’s dismissal, according to Pietiek, was the antipathy caused by some misunderstanding: Vilks was allegedly sent a message from Korna. In this message she, allegedly, commented the minister’s actions with no regard to respect to superiors. This message was forwarded to Vilks by the manager of his bureau Jantone. It is believed that she is still in charge of supplying information to the Finance Minister, State Revenue Service and influential individuals not related to Unity.

It is predicted that Dombrovkis may pressure Finance Minister because of this unpleasant event. On Monday, the party will need to decide whether or not Repse should be removed from the party. His massive advertisement campaign can potentially be considered by the party’s opponents as a campaign produced by a third party in Unity’s favour. Furthermore, the party will also need to decide on the proposal of Economy Minister Daniels Pavluts about replacing the State Secretary to Economy Minister – Juris Puce.

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