Greens not to nominate their PM candidate before Unity

The Greens and Farmers Union for now won't be nominating their PM candidate and will allow Unity to nominate someone first, party executives told the press after a meeting with President Raimonds Vējonis, reported LSM's Latvian-language service Wednesday.

"The first pick is given to Unity, so we confirm our [existing] candidates," party chairman Armands Krauze told the press, though allowing for a chance that Greens would change their current views.

He said that both the general secretary of the Unity party Artis Kampars as well as President Vējonis have said that Unity should head the government. Krauze admitted that Unity has the privilege to make the new government.

Greens want the new government to consist of the current coalition - the Greens, Unity, and National Alliance. Krauze said that there could be "some updates and corrections" in the ministries, but there has been no talk about the matter as of now.

The outgoing Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma stepped down from her post on December 7.

So far Unity have named Solvita Āboltiņa as the only PM candidate, but they haven't officially nominated her yet. National Alliance oppose her candidacy.

Greens and Farmers Union have two possible candidate prime ministers - Agricultural Minister Jānis Dūklavs and MP Maris Kucinskis - though on Monday the party refused to name a candidate, despite president Raimonds Vējonis' calls on parties to name their candidates for the PM seat by the end of the year.

President Vējonis is still hoping parties name their candidates by the end of the week. On Tuesday he said that the post of Prime Minister shouldn't go to the Greens.

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