RIGA - Lawmakers from New Unity and Development/For have voiced positive opinions about Economics Ministry parliamentary secretary Ilze Indriksone's (National Alliance) candidacy for the post of economics minister.
New Unity could approve Indriksone's appointment as economics minister, Ainars Latkovskis, chairman of the New Unity group in the Saeima, told LETA. The MP indicated that it was up to the National Alliance to nominate a candidate for the ministerial post, and since Indriksone has already been working as the ministry's parliamentary secretary, the National Alliance's choice makes sense.
The chairman of the New Unity group believes that Indriksone's experience obtained as the Economics Ministry's parliamentary secretary, will allow her to quickly take over the helm of the ministry.
Inese Voika, an MP of Development/For, said that the alliance has yet to decide on approving the candidate but that she personally thinks highly of Indriksone with whom Voika has been working in the Baltic Assembly. The board of Development/For respects the National Alliance's right to nominate a candidate for Latvia's next economics minister, Voika said.
Voika also believes that Indriksone will be a good economics minister and that her appointment to the ministerial position will ensure a better gender balance in Latvia's male dominated government.
As reported, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) is ready to move forward with Economy Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Ilze Indriksone for the post of economy minister, and to put her candidacy forward for Saeima approval, LETA was told by the office of the prime minister.
Karins and Indriksone had a meeting today, during which they discussed the most important tasks for the sector, as well as the main priorities of the Economy Ministry.
LETA also reported, the National Alliance demanded a resignation of Interior Minister Marija Golubeva (For Development) following the events at the monument to Soviet soldiers in Riga's Pardaugava on May 9 and 10, threatening that the National Alliance will leave the government if she remains in the position. Golubeva announced her resignation on Monday because she had lost support of the prime minister, she said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) then demanded the resignation of one of the National Alliance's ministers because of the "blackmail attempt", later picking Economics Minister Janis Vitenbergs as the one who has to step down.