State President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš has decided to ask Laimdota Straujuma, the Unity nominated candidate for the post of prime minister, to establish the new Cabinet of Ministers, after meeting with political parties that are represented in the Saeima and evaluating her professional experience and positive activities in the out-going government where she was Minister of Agriculture.
The center-right Unity party at a board meeting on Sunday, January 5, decided to propose Laimdota Straujuma, as a candidate to Latvian prime minister.
Straujuma, so far a non-partisan minister, was admitted as an official member of the Unity party at yesterday’s board meeting.
Parliament speaker Solvita Aboltina, the leader of the Unity Party admitted that political consultations with other parties represented in the parliament would begin after the President announces his decision. However, informal consultations suggested positive trends in this respect, to be confirmed by party spokespersons on Monday.
Straujuma had been chosen as a candidate to Latvian prime minister due to her experience. In addition, the Unity feels certain that, if Straujuma was approved as the next head of government, she would continue on the same course that was started by the outgoing prime minister and Unity representative, Valdis Dombrovskis.
Straujuma told the press that she had carefully considered the proposal to become the candidate prime minister before accepting it and said she had accepted the proposal in order to continue the work that had been started.
Reducing economic inequality would be one of her main goals, Straujuma said. She said that the Unity had not insisted on her joining the party and that it had been her own idea to become an official member of the Unity.
Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, a member of the Unity party, announced the resignation of his Cabinet in late November 2013 to take political responsibility for the tragic collapse of a supermarket in Riga on November 21, in which 54 people lost their lives and dozens of others sustained injuries.
Latvian President Andris Berzins announced he intended to nominate a candidate of his own choice on January 7, if the parties failed to propose a suitable candidate by this date.