National Alliance wants demography ministry in new government

The National Alliance party wants the post of minister of demography in the new government, sources told LETA Wednesday. Coalition partners, however, differ on the proposal, and no final decision has been taken yet.

According to unofficial information, Imants Paradnieks (National Alliance), chairman of Saeima Demography Subcommittee, is being considered for the post, for which a new ministry would have to be established.

The National Alliance's co-chairman Raivis Dzintars commented that his party was looking for ways to guarantee support for measures to help solve demographic problems in Latvia.

Previously members of the National Alliance and Prime Minister designate Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) agreed that demography would be one of the priorities for the new government.

At the moment, the National Alliance is represented in the government by minister of justice, culture minister, and environmental protection and regional development minister. The party said it wanted to have one more ministerial post in the next government.

As reported, Unity could be offered deputy prime minister's post so coalition parties could come finally reach agreement on the next government. Earlier this week, Kucinskis proposed to establish a European affairs minister's post in the new government, and give it to Unity, but Unity did not accept the offer.

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