RIGA - Becoming a member of the National Alliance will ensure stronger support in decision making during the pandemic, said Economic Minister Janis Vitenbergs in an interview with the Latvian public television today.
The politician did not comment on a question on "how stable the minister's seat is" as it depends on Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) and the coalition in general. In his opinion, during coalition talks about changes in positions, it should be remembered that KPV LV Saeima faction has changed significantly since the last parliament elections.
"KPV LV faction is not as it was when the positions in the government were distributed - it had 16 lawmakers then, now this number is down by half and the vote at the parliament is not one the coalition can count on," said Vitenbergs.
The minister said that he believes that his decision to switch parties should not be the reason for punishing him and removing from the position of the minister.
Vitenbergs believes that his becoming a National Alliance member will being benefit to business representatives and residents. "This is the support I need during the pandemic," he said.
As reported, Economics Minister Janis Vitenbergs announced last week that he is departing KPV LV to join the National Alliance.