Unity leader wants to learn 'how big the Unity faction is'

In its board and faction meetings on Tuesday, the Unity party will be discussing "how big the Unity faction is", the head of the Unity party Solvita Āboltiņa told Latvian Radio Tuesday.

Answering about the question about the possible exclusion of six MPs posing inside opposition in the party, Āboltiņa said: "Twitter is full of it already. They have been talking about this for long. I want the talks to be open, but behind closed doors."

"We can't lie to our partners that there are 23 of us if there really are 17," said Āboltiņa, referring to the number of seats Unity holds in the parliament - 23.

Previously one of the so-called 'liberal wing' Unity MPs Ilze Viņķele said that the group has no intention on splitting the faction, and that these MPs have been given a Unity mandate and want to continue working. 

However if they want to sack MPs just because they ask questions and ask for clarity "I will tell them - go ahead and fire [us]", Viņķele said. 

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