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Rīta Panorāma

Rīta Panorāma

Intervija ar Ministru prezidentu Krišjāni Kariņu

Kariņš: I won't be disappearing

"I'm not going to disappear anywhere," said the outgoing Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) on Latvian Television's "Rīta Panorāma" program August 16, ahead of submitting his official resignation on Thursday. 

Explaining the decision to resign, Kariņš said: "I have neither lost interest, nor anything more. But I have made an offer to partners – I have argued for a long time that a wider coalition should be formed – and the partners do not agree, I offered... a memorandum of cooperation, they don't agree, that means a new government has to be formed.

"If a new government has to be formed at this point, I think it would be best for the next prime minister, and here I can give my full support to whoever we as a political group choose ; I will stand behind this person."

Kariņš said that he and New Unity "will not disappear", but will only change a little in order to move forward. Kariņš stated that he will help choose his successor.

Asked about his own possible involvement in the next government, Kariņš was evasive, saying only: "I will find my place, how best to help." 

At the same time, he did not rule out that there will be new ministers in the next government: "The fact that there will be new ministers in the government should not be feared. It is quite clear what should be done, it is only necessary to have colleagues who are ready to finish the work, which is clear to almost everyone," he said.

When asked how he assesses his more than four years at the head of the government, Kariņš stated that he is satisfied with society as a whole and its ability to tackle external crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic, Russia's war against Ukraine and inflation. 

The New Unity party is expected to announce its prime ministerial candidate on Wednesday.

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