Likely new health minister named

Latvia's likely next health minister was named Monday, in the shape of Anda Čakša.

The board of the Greens and Farmers Union political party decided after meeting Monday morning to officially nominate Anda Čakša, the head of Children's Clinical University Hospital, as a candidate for Latvia's next health minister.

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis, from the same party, is known to be a supporter, which should make a vote on Čakšataking the post vacated by the resignation on Guntis Belevics a formality. 

The candidate has yet to be discussed with coalition partners. but Saeima might vote on Čakša's appointment later this week.

As reported, Guntis Belevics resigned as health minister last Friday, and Prime Minister Kucinskis accepted resignation because the health minister had lied to him about jumping the line to get a minor surgery.

Čakša confirmed to LETA that she had had a phone conversation with Prime Minister Kucinskis and met with him to discuss her potential appointment, but declined to elaborate.

She has been working as chairperson of the board at the Children's Clinical University Hospital since 2011.

Čakša would seem to have an easy entry to the Saeima on hand too with Belevics announcing Monday he would set aside his own mandate, creating a convenient vacancy.

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