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Prime Minister Straujuma: New government ready to take office

Prime Minister Straujuma: New government ready to take office

The new government is ready to take office and will be able to withstand the pressure it may face in the time remaining until the elections, Prime Minister designate Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) told reporters today.

With the Reform Party’s decision to nominate Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis for the economy minister, the government’s makeup is now clear, said Straujuma. The pending coalition partners are yet to complete work on the coalition agreement and clarify a few points in the government’s declaration. The coalition parties will have a meeting tomorrow to discuss these matters.

The few uncertainties that the coalition partners need to agree on yet pertain to local governments and healthcare funding, and a few other matters.

She also said she was pleased that all coalition parties had acknowledged their willingness not to amend the 2014 state budget. This is very important to avoid any populist decisions being made before the Saeima elections in the fall, said Straujuma.

The next government will be made up of the current coalition parties – Unity, Reform Party, All For Latvia-For Fatherland And Freedom/LNNK and six independent MPs – and the Union of Greens and Farmers, currently an opposition party.

If the new government receives thumbs up from Saeima, it will have six new ministers – Agriculture Minister Jānis Dūklavs (Greens/Farmers), Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Einārs Cilinskis (All For Latvia-For Fatherland And Freedom/LNNK, VL-TB/LNNK), Defense Minister Raimonds Vējonis (Greens/Farmers), Welfare Minister Uldis Augulis (Greens/Farmers), Education and Science Minister Ina Druviete (Unity).

Current Economy Minister Daniels Pavļuts (Reform Party), Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Unity), Justice Minister Jānis Bordans, Welfare Minister Ilze Viņķele (Unity) and Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis (Unity) will leave their posts.

Text: Latvian Institute 2014©