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Unity discussed Dombrovskis' resignation behind his back

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEven before Valdis Dombrovskis’ decision to resign, several Unity politicians discussed the possibility of removing him from the post of PM. This was likely the reason why he had suddenly decided it on his own, writes Ir magazine.

Ir magazine reminds how in the morning of the day when Dombrovskis would announce his resignation he was calm as usual and even answered questions of journalists regarding the topics of the day’s political agenda. There were no signs of him even considering a resignation. All publications regarding Dombrovskis’ decision to resign mention two reasons for this – the necessity for someone to take responsibility for Zolitude tragedy and the necessity to have a government that has clear support of the majority of the Saeima. However, the only question that remained unanswered is – why was the Prime Minister clearly worried and sad when he announced his resignation.

The day Dombrovskis resigned there were ‘internal discussions’ among members of Unity. They discussed whether or not Dombrovskis should be removed from his post. On top of that, these discussions were held behind his back. The fact that there were such discussions held was recently confirmed by Saeima deputy Arvils Ašeradens: ‘It would be ridiculous to say there were no such discussions the day Dombrovskis announced his decision. It was discussed as a possible scenario. At the same time, however, we understood very well that our future plans are not clear enough to decide anything and the situation was becoming more and more unpredictable. This is why it was decided not to do anything,’ – said Ašeradens, who personally supported Dombrovskis’ resignation.

He refused to reveal the names of other Unity politicians who discussed Dombrovskis’ resignation. He believes this kind of action should not be interpreted as distrust for the PM. ‘No, I would not say this was an act of betrayal. It is important to keep in mind the situation at the time. Someone had to take responsibility. […] I believe the conversation with the President included many factors: Zolitude tragedy, the necessity for someone to take responsibility for it and the situation in the Saeima,’ – said Ašeradens. ‘I regard to the government’s ability to make decisions and overall quality of the government’s composition, a government with 66 votes is more effective than a government that has 40,’ – he added.

According to unofficial information, Solvita Āboltiņa had also participated in the discussions behind Dombrovskis’ back. However, she denies any involvement: ‘I only know that Dombrovskis phoned Unity’s Secretary General Artis Kampars after all that. He asked Kampars why such a discussion was held in the first place,’ – she said. ‘Let the person who had participated in that discussion to confirm the claims. […] The entire party was behind Dombrovskis. There is not a single person, at least within the decision-making circle, who would even consider turning against Dombrovskis.’

Information about ‘internal talks’ of some Unity politicians has reached Dombrovkis as well. According to unofficial information, it is also allegedly known to the State President. When asked whether she had, indeed, phoned the President before his meeting with Dombrovskis, Āboltiņa denied doing any of that.

President Andris Berziņš also claims he had no involvement in talks held by Dombrovskis’ party members regarding his resignation. Dombrovskis, on the other hand, remains diplomatic in his responses: ‘No, I cannot confirm such a possibility.’

It is now known that Dombrovskis will participate in the European Parliament elections this spring. Therefore, it is unlikely he will be a PM candidate in the upcoming Saeima elections this year.

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  1. Ilmars says:

    It seems the long arms and deep pockets of Lemsbergs now extend to Unity politicians.

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