Parties hesitant to introduce deputy ministers in Latvia

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Next week, a vote in the Saeima on the approval of the next government is expected. It is planned that the amendments to the Law on the formation of the Ministry of Climate and Energy and the introduction of deputy ministers' offices will come into force a day before that. However, at least for the time being, the parties have abandoned the plan of deputy ministers, Latvian Television reported on December 8.

In the negotiations on the formation of the next government, it was agreed that the parties forming the government would have the opportunity to nominate deputy ministers for specific tasks in the government. In mutual negotiations, the parties agreed that the United List representative would have the title of deputy defense minister. However, at least for the time being, the party does not intend to choose any candidates for this post.

“We have agreed that the government is being set up, perhaps at some point it could appear, but not at the moment. This is included in the legislation,” said Māris Kučinskis (United List), the candidate for the post of Minister of Interior.

New Unity will also not be choosing its candidates for the post of deputy minister. “Let us work with those ministers who will work in the government, and this is enough to implement their policies,” said Ainars Latkovskis, Chair of the Saeima faction of New Unity.


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