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Ašeradens admits the need to change Unity’s operational model

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Unity’s chairman and Latvia’s Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens see no reason to recall and reform Unity’s Saeima faction, as requested by Kustības Par! members. He does admit, however, that it is necessary to change the party’s operational model.

As Ašeradens stated in an interview to Viens pret vienu programme on Tuesday, 14 November, processes in Unity with Solvitas Āboltiņa’s participation did not go as they should have. This became clear to him when he became the leader of the party. «The situation turned different after I took over the party’s reins,» said Ašeradens. At the same time, he reminded that in certain cases he had voted against other members of the board «in an attempt to maintain balance in the party for a little longer and find a solution».

When asked to comment on the initiative proposed by members of Kustības Par! to change the name of Unity’s Saeima faction, Ašeradens said that this proposal came as a surprise to him. Nevertheless, he sees no reason to rename the faction. He also added that the parliament does not have a tradition of recalling entire factions. At the same time, Unity’s leader said it is important to reach an agreement on the faction’s operational model and how opinions are coordinated on the inside. «Until now we concentrated on a single-person policy, but I would rather see teamwork.»

When asked if he feels support from his team, Ašeradens said that the established team has already demonstrated a great deal of decisive actions. For example, in the vote to expel Āboltiņa from the party, the majority voted in favour.

When asked if Hosams Abu Meri can hope for support from the party as the next head of Unity’s Saeima faction, Ašeradens said: «It seems there is support.»

Speaking of the problematic situation in Unity, Ašeradens said that some of the party’s members have their sights set on the past, not future. «We are trying to deal with history, not reject it,» he described the situation. He said he considers himself one of the ‘youngsters’ that are not slowed by personalities in politics, but rather try to redefine Unity’s values and set up new priorities.


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