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Landmanis invites Lembergs to take over least successful ministries

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIf Aivars Lembergs is such a big patriot of Latvia and excellent manager and economist, he should stop manipulating politicians, refuse management over lucrative ministries and take charge over the least successful ministries – Healthcare and Education ministries, believes Ventspils City Council deputy Aivis Landmanis.

In a letter addressed to Lembergs, Lembergs notes: ‘You consider yourself an excellent businessman, manager and great patriot of the country in which your tireless work has resulted in the rise of Ventspils city.

Society has different views about you. Many note your accomplishments in Ventspils. There are also those who believe that considering previous and current money flows in Ventspils, the city should be more like a miniature version of Dubai, with golden streets and exceptionally wealthy residents. Since 2007 the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Latvia has shared this opinion. It has presented serious criminal charges against you, noting that public properties under your ownership may have ended up there by illegal means.’

«I will not lie, the moment I met you (1998) I had the distinct feeling that your management style sooner or later would lead the city and possibly the country to bankruptcy. You are unable to generate development. All of your actions are fuelled with vested interests, which has resulted in neglected transit industry, bankruptcies of multiple factories in Ventspils and departures of many of the city’s residents,» – mentioned in the letter.

«You are currently engaged in the process of the formation of the Latvian government. There have been reports that you want UGF [Union of Greens and Farmers] to gain control over Transport Ministry and Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry. Why do you need them? What do you hope to gain from indirectly controlling activities of such lucrative ministries? Is Ventspils’ and your personal financial state so poor that you require yet another injection of public funds?

If you really are such a big patriot of Latvia, excellent entrepreneur and manager, stop manipulating with politicians, refuse management over lucrative ministries and take control over Healthcare Ministry and Education Ministry’ – notes Landmanis.»

BNN had previously reported that Latvian Finance Minister Andris Vilks has said that if Lembergs becomes a power in the ruling coalition, Latvia would have to forget about dynamic development in the next ten years, believes Vilks. According to him, Lembergs tries to stop changes from being carried out, tries to control everything and prevent the rise of new leaders. The minister believes Lembergs has notable reach in the forming coalition, which is mostly thanks to his friendly relations with the National Alliance.

Vilks is concerned about Lembergs’ statements that Latvia has a small debt and that this means it is worth spending EUR 1 billion to revive the economy. Under such conditions it becomes more and more complicated for Unity to maintain a balanced rhetoric aimed at the economy.

He had also previously said that following the Zolitude tragedy, the ‘system’ had duped then the Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis, forcing him to take responsibility for the tragedy and resign from his post. This was allegedly used to get the Union of Greens and Farmers into the government prior to 12th Saeima elections.

«The main reason was to get UGF into the government. The crisis had ended sooner than expected and we exited the recession. Lembergs’ enormous influence in Latvia’s politics meant UGF would not remain in opposition. It was the main reason,» – said Vilks.

When asked if Dombrovskis was forced to leave, Vilks replied: «I don’t know all the details, but I believe Valdis was duped. It is my personal opinion.»

He believes the ones who did this came from the ruling coalition – the ‘system’. «UGF should have entered the government through accomplishments and be there with its ministers when the economy was on a rise, right for elections. I believe it was disrespectful towards the man who has done so much for Latvia,» – said Vilks.

When asked if the expansion of UGF’s influence could threaten fiscal discipline, the minister said: «Yes, it could. I have no doubts about it. I only wonder how far it could go. It is a matter that should be talked about by society and the president – will it ruin Latvia’s reputation?»

When asked who could become the next head of the government, the Finance Minister said: «I have a feeling there may be a desire to change something. Lembergs’ influence runs far in UGF. It is very hard to say what he might order. They have a strong hierarchy. Throughout all these years I have seen Lembergs’ influence looming over this party. It is unfortunately large. Lembergs will likely do everything he can in order to feel comfortable,» – said Vilks.

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  1. Brian says:

    What a good story. Lembergs should probably be nowhere the government, and certainly have no access to State secrets.

    He has shown that his loyalities are only to himself and Russia.

    I think as the prosecutions gain momentum, he will flee to Moscow.

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