President: Only unpopular decisions in store for next government

President Raimonds Vējonis thinks that it's high time to stabilize the situation and development in the country, so the next government will be dealing exclusively with unpopular decisions, President Raimonds Vējonis told Latvian Television's Rīta Panorāma Thursday.

He said that he expects political parties to present specific proposals about the makeup of the new ruling coalition by the end of the year.

He stressed that the coalition will have to be strong in order to make necessary but unpopular decisions, not only in education and healthcare but other industries as well, and so that the decisions could be accepted not only by the Cabinet of Ministers but Saeima as well.

"However this year party activities testified that politicians try making decisions with ratings in mind," said Vējonis.

But you have to understand that "this is the last moment to stabilize and develop the state, [..] we cannot drag it on for ever, [the matter of] whether to make this decision or that," said the president.

He also said that the next government will not be able to engage in populism, as budget funds are limited - and that the current expenditures will have to be reviewed. 

After Laimdota Straujuma stepped down as Prime Minister, President Raimonds Vējonis gave the parties until the end of the year to find common ground over the new coalition, Prime Minister and work priorities.

Unity has nominated Solvita Aboltina to be Latvia's next prime minister, the party's representative Karlis Sadurskis told journalists on Tuesday evening, but Aboltina's candidacy still needs to be approved by a vote of the board and the party's MPs. National Alliance has said it won't work in an Aboltina-run government.

The Greens and Farmers Union said it will announce its candidate by December 28. 

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