President should nominate someone who is not New Unity member for prime minister in order to prove that he is not representative of New Unity anymore - Slesers

  • 2023-08-22
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - In order to prove that President Edgars Rinkevics is not a representative of New Unity, he should nominate a candidate for prime minister from another party, Ainars Slesers, head of the Latvia First party, said in an interview with Latvian Television on Tuesday.

During Latvia First representatives' meeting with Rinkevics today, Slesers wants to learn of the president's vision of Latvia and what he wants to achieve as the president. Up until now, Rinkevics has been a representative of New Unity, but since his election he is trying to show that he will be the people's president, said Slesers.

It remains to be seen whether Rinkevics will really nominate New Unity's Evika Silina for the next prime minister. "If Rinkevics wants to prove that he is not a representative of Unity anymore, he should nominate a representative of another party," said Slesers. If that does not happen, it will be clear that all power in the country belongs to one political party and 26 Saeima members control 100 percent of Latvia, which is unacceptable, he explained.

According to Slesers, Latvia needs a government of professionals, which must act quickly and decisively or it will be impossible to correct mistakes made by the current government headed by New Unity. He is convinced that if Silina is nominated for the post of prime minister, she will carry on the outgoing Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins' (New Unity) work, which will be very bad for Latvia, he said.

Slesers still is Latvia First's candidate for the prime minister, and if Rinkevics wants to change something in the country, the prime minister's post should go to one of the opposition parties. "If Rinkevics asks me to form a new government, we will be ready to do it," said Slesers, adding that if a New Unity government is formed again, a signature drive would commence on November 1 to call for dissolution of Saeima.