President reveals why he nominated Kučinskis as PM

Both of the possible candidates for the post of Prime Minister - Maris Kucinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) and Karlis Sadurskis (Unity) - were strong, but Kucinskis had the advantage of having a clear vision over the country's development, President Raimonds Vejonis told Latvian Television Thursday.

Vejonis said that Kucinskis, who was a fellow Greens MP to Vejonis before he assumed the presidency, is the head of the Saeima Sustainable Development Committee, so he has a totally different view on the tasks and priorities of the new government "in a wider state development context".

The Latvian president also praised Kucinskis as an experienced politician who "always wants to achieve a result".

He said that Kucinskis had a better chance of forming a government, as he has the support of the National Alliance party.

Vejonis admitted that there's a chance of Unity - which has been invited to hold talks with the PM nominee - becoming an opposition party, however there's a likelihood it'd split up in that scenario. "If they want to save the party, the have to come to an agreement," he said.

He said that the most urgent priorities for the new government will be the absorption of EU funds, education reform, ensuring the availability of healthcare, as well as security and OECD accession talks.

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