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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian ministers that have put down their Seaima deputy mandate will soon be replaced in the parliament by deputies that failed to make in the 13th Saeima elections. Deputies elected in minister posts have the option to put down their parliamentary deputy’s mandate for the duration of their term.

If ministers accept this option, the option to replace them in the Saeima is given to candidates that failed to enter the parliament in elections. If the first person ‘in line’ refuses, the offer is then extended to the next one. This process continues until one of them accepts.

Ten out of thirteen ministers are elected in the Saeima. Seven of them have confirmed the fact that they have no plans to combine posts, adding they will put down their Saeima deputy mandate.

Wishing to concentrate on his duties as minister, Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns intends to leave the Saeima. He will be replaced by Jānis Cielēns.

Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska also plans to leave the Saeima. She will be replaced by Latvian Farmers Union’s member Andris Kazinovskis in the Saeima. He says he never considered becoming a Saeima deputy because this option was not provided to him by voters. He did not hide the fact that he will likely accept the offer, considering he has more than 27 years of experience working in municipal administration.

Transport Minister and New Conservative Party representative Tālis Linkaits, whose place in the Saeima will be taken by Central Finance and Contracting Agency’s Transport Infrastructure Projects Office head Jānis Butāns.

Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro from KPV LV will also leave the Saeima in order to focus on his duties. Jelgava County Council opposition deputy Aivars Geidāns is prepared to replace his colleague in the Saeima. He is confident work in the parliament will allow him to take part in solving different interior affairs institutions’ problems. According to him, problems became outlined once he reported illegalities in the county council. Nevertheless, Geidāns believes the new Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens will be able to resolve them.

Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča’s place in the parliament could be taken by Austrumu Lauki board chairman Edgars Kronbergs. Petraviča stresses that she has yet to decide whether or not to put down her Saeima deputy’s mandate. She will wait for the opinion from the KPV LV faction.

Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs also plans to put down his mandate. He could be replaced in the Saeima by the previous Interior Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis.

Finance Minister Jānis Reirs has said that he plans to follow developments in the welfare industry. His place in the Saeima could be taken by Atis Lejiņš. He said he would gladly work in the Foreign and European Affairs Committee, although New Unity representatives have already been nominated. «This is why I will work in the National Economy and Public Expenditure and Audit Committee – I will follow where we put our money,» said Lejiņš.

Defence Minister Artis Pabriks has confirmed plans to put down his Saeima deputy’s mandate because he does not see it possible to combine both posts. He could be replaced in the parliament by Mārtiņš Šteins.

Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce has already signed the document on putting down his Saeima deputy mandate. His place in the parliament could be taken by chairperson of Latvian Creative Unions Council Dace Bluķe. She says she is competent in resolving problems in culture and education field.

Culture Minister Dace Melbārde is confident it is not possible to combine posts. This is why she has decided to put down her Saeima deputy mandate. Her place in the parliament will be taken by Justice Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Jānis Iesalnieks.

Meanwhile, both Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens and Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele were both candidates in 13th Saeima election but were not elected.


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