The ruling Unity party is considering two MEPs – Krisjanis Karins and Artis Pabriks – as its candidates to prime minister ahead of the Latvian general elections with Karins being the main candidate, the Latvijas Avize daily said on Wednesday.
The electoral bloc comprising Unity and three regional parties – Kuldigas Novadam, Tukuma Pilsetai un Novadam and Valmierai un Vidzemei – will name its candidate prime minister by May, said the Unity’s leader, Arvils Aseradens.
According to unofficial sources, candidates are already being discussing and Karins is seen as the main candidate but Pabriks is also among the candidates. Aseradens neither confirmed nor denied this, saying only that there were plenty of candidates, who will be discussed thoroughly in the coming weeks.
When asked whether he would agree to become the candidate PM, Karins gave an evasive answer, saying that Unity was now part of an electoral bloc and other members of the bloc could also propose their candidates. However, he did not reject outright the possibility of running for the prime minister’s office.
When a similar question was posed to Pabriks, he said that he was a rationally-thinking politician and, in his opinion, Unity had made a mistake by choosing not to create a major electoral bloc with For Latvia’s Development and the Movement For! parties.
The ruling National Alliance will also choose its candidate prime minister soon. MEP Roberts Zile, who had been the party’s candidate prime minister in previous years, is one of the likely candidates also this time.
The third party in the current ruling coalition, the Union of Greens and Farmers, has named incumbent Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis as its candidate PM in the general elections to be held in early October this year.