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Latvian President considers changing government structure; experts are sceptical

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt is necessary to increase the Prime Minister’s authority in Latvia – President of Latvia announced in his opening speech to the Saeima. He believes that increasing the authority of the PM in the formation of the government would also increase the trust of society in the government.

Experts interviewed by Latvian Radio say these amendments to the government structure are not likely to change anything.

Berzins states: “After visiting Latvia’s cities and regions, I have concluded that residents are fed up with constant changes in government every few months.”

The President believes is it hard to replace bad workers in the government. This also contradicts state and social interests. This is why he has decided to present a few ideas to resolve this situation. One of them is the proposal to change the government structure.

Current regulation states that the Saeima chooses the candidates that will then form the government through a vote. The replacement of every minister is done with the approval of the parliament. The President wants to change this order by allowing the Saeima to only select the Prime Minister. All of the minister would then be hand-picked by the chosen PM.

The reasoning behind this initiative is critically viewed by experts.

Latvian politicians have different views on this initiative. Saeima Chairwoman Solvita Aboltina says this proposal should be discussed, because the negative outcry of society cannot be ignored. The opposition also believes the proposal is worth discussing.

Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis promises to comment on this matter as soon as specific proposals are offered (the President plans to do so this autumn). “We know the President has come with this initiative and that he is currently working on specifics of the package. I should first have a look at them before commenting”, – he said.

Providus researcher Iveta Kazoka is critical about the President’s proposal. “I believe the President’s offer is relatively conservative and does not comply with the usual discussions that often accompany such modest proposals. It is not some massive reform of the Constitution. Those are small adjustments to the current system”, – she said.

Kazoka believes that the current system already allows the PM to be free enough in his decisions. The President’s proposals will only slightly increase that freedom.

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  1. Josh says:

    Change the PM he’s utterly useless anyway!…make him work at lido’s as a washer upper

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