PM Karins does not rush to fire Nemiro, points to issues in all ministries

  • 2020-02-11
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - There are issues in each ministry that would deserve a critical look, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told journalists after the coalition's weekly cooperation meeting on Monday. 

Karins said this, commenting Justice Minister Janis Bordans' (New Conservative Party, JKP) call for firing Economics Minister Ralfs Nemiro (KPV LV). The prime minister said that on the whole the government's work is progressing according to schedule. 

Karins emphasized that this year one of the challenges would be strengthening the rule of law in Latvia. "Everyone can be criticized, me including, but on the whole our work is progressing," the premier said. 

As reported, Following Economics Minister Ralfs Nemiro's (KPV LV) decision to dismiss the Economics Ministry's State Secretary Eriks Eglitis, Justice Minister Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party) is urging Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) to demand that Nemiro step down.

Nemiro last Wednesday suspended the ministry's state secretary Eglitis and asked law enforcement authorities to probe him for alleged violations related to the supervision of the mandatory procurement component (MPC) system. Eglitis, however, believes that he has been suspended for his resistance to the appointment of the minister's adviser Pavels Rebenoks to Latvenergo energy company's supervisory board.

A statement released by Bordans' press secretary Andris Vitenburgs says that Bordans deems Nemiro's actions unacceptable and unethical.