Kalvitis to make last ditch effort to keep Pabriks

  • 2007-10-19
  • From wire reports
 RIGA -- Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis will meetwith Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks on Monday Oct. 22 in a last ditch bid to make him retract his resignation.

The premier told the press after a meeting with President ValdisZatlers that  he will ask to PAbriks to remain part of the government. However, if hedoes not manage to convince Pabriks to stay in the office, he will lookfor another candidate.

Kalvitis declined that his chief of staff Maris Riekstins is beingpencilled in for the position.

Kalvitis emphasised that Pabriks still is the foreign minister and thepremier has the right not to accept resignation.

On Oct. 19, Pabriks announced that he is stepping down from the position ofthe foreign minister due to disagreements about the current direction of government policy, but Kalvitis told the press that he will not acceptthe minister's resignation.