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Politologist: government formation is more emotional than it has ever been

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEmotions flowed in high tides during the government formation process, comments politologist Filips Rajevskis.

According to him, even though professionals were involved in the process, emotions were more intense than ever. Answering the question regarding the term of the government formation process, the politologist noted the minister posts were divided quickly.

Nevertheless, the Cabinet of Ministers formation process is different because coalition partners were not in complete agreement regarding the sustainability of this government, noted Rajevskis. At the same time, he mentioned that «nothing lasts longer than a temporary solution».

According to the politologist, this coalition will likely exist for a long time. A few ministers will replace one another and parties may exchange influence over ministries.

Rajevskis is nonetheless concerned about Healthcare Minister candidate Guntis Belevics. «The matter at hand is how closely the entire UGF faction supports him, especially the Farmers’ Union,» – said the politologist. He added that him becoming a minister will be a serious test.

As previously reported, partners of the forming coalition reached an agreement on the division of ministries Tuesday, October 28th.

Unity could be represented in the new government by Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, Finance Minister Janis Reirs, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis and Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss. The candidate for the post of Education and Science Minister has yet to be announced.

UGF may be represented in the new government by Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs, Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis, Welfare Minister Uldis Augulis, Economy Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola and Healthcare Minister Guntis Belēvičs.

UGF may also have its own parliamentary secretary for the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry.

The National Alliance may be represented in the government by Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards, Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs, Culture Minister Dace Melnbarde. Inara Murniece may become Saeima Chairwoman.

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