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Valdis Zatlers

Valdis Zatlers, leader of Zatlers Reform Party (ZRP) and former President of Latvia, indicated to LTV1 broadcast Labrīt, Latvija! that his party is independent enough from its sponsors because the funds are coming from various sources. He emphasized that the money will not affect the party’s decisions.

Zatlers announced that the real negotiations on ministers’ posts are likely to take place after the talks with the President of Latvia Andris Berzins, when the coalition model is formed. However, decision has not been reached on certain posts. «There is always a desire to make plans and be informed, betting on the odds, but I think these questions are premature,» Zatlers said, commenting the rumours on Edgars Rinkevics’ appointment to the Foreign Affairs Minister’s post.

Asked where he sees himself the best – at the Parliament or the government, Zatlers replied that he is interested in political reforms, which can be achieved best by working at the Saeima. ZRP’s leader agreed that professionals are needed for the implementation of reforms and defended his party members’ qualifications. «Our Parliament has such «professionals» that have already spent five terms there – yet has anything changed? ZRP’s professionals are young people, but with a great life experience. Our slogan is – a professional in each minister post,» he concluded.

However, asked whether the 10th Saeima should have been dismissed even earlier, Zatlers said that before Latvia was in a deep economic crisis, so back then it could not face another political crisis as well.


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