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Printed: 06.10.2022.

PrintAinars Slesers nominated for prime minister in Latvia

Alla Petrova, BC, Riga, 13.08.2010.
Ainars Slesers, the political association For A Good Latvia's official candidate for the prime minister, said addressing the association's meeting today that he would protect national interests of Latvia in talks with the International Monetary Fund and international lenders, and see to that more Latvian products and services be exported to not only Lithuania and Estonia but also to Germany, Scandinavia, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Ainars Slesers.
Ainars Slesers.

Slesers believes that Latvian exporters will also have good opportunities in Uzbekistan and China, writes LETA.


Slesers hopes that For A Good Latvia will be very successful in the 10th Saeima elections, and that it will be the one to decide the makeup of the next government. Only such persons who have "a strong backbone" and are prepared to protect the national interests of Latvia will be given portfolios in the next government, he said.


The next foreign minister and all Latvia's ambassadors abroad will have to devote 80% of their time to support Latvian businessmen's interests abroad, said Slesers.


Andris Skele, who has been nominated for the finance minister by For A Good Latvia, stressed that Latvia must win economic independence, because "if we have to carry the burden of debts for years, no national development will be possible."


Skele and For A Good Latvia board chairman Andrejs Ekis praised Slesers, who has proved that an ordinary Riga boy can become a successful businessmen, earn a lot of money and become rich, and Slesers always has captivating ideas, they said. Ekis described Slesers as a "businessman who has wandered into politics," and went on to say, "I wish there was a leader in Latvia who would make me feel pride."


Slesers also stressed that to be a premier means to have a mission. The current government, led by Valdis Dombrovskis (New Era), "is trying to sedate the nation, telling the people that everything will be fine." However, it is dangerous to live on credit, because the money that is borrowed will have to be returned sooner or later.


Slesers had critical remarks for other political parties' candidates for prime minister. Roberts Zile (For Fatherland And Freedom/LNNK) has stuck in a rut in Brussels, and he does not actually want to leave his cozy chair in the European Parliament and take office as the premier of Latvia, who will have to work much harder and for a much smaller salary, Slesers said.


The Union of Greens and Farmers' candidate, Aivars Lembergs is in the same situation, and he will hardly want to change his comfortable life in Ventspils for the responsibilities of a premier in Riga.

For A Good Latvia is ready to cooperate with Janis Urbanovics of Harmony Center, who has much experience of work in the parliament, but Urbanovics will not be appointed the prime minister because he does not have enough experience in business, said Slesers.


Finally, Dombrovskis will be voted for by only those who support the ongoing "international financial occupation of Latvia."


Slesers, on the other hand, will teach people how to make money, conquer international markets and live with dignity. He said that Guntis Ulmanis would be his first assistant in running the state, and Ulmanis will be the first person who Slesers will turn to for advice.


Slesers also said that For A Good Latvia would see to that Biblical studies be introduced in all schools starting September 1 next year.


After the meeting, For A Good Latvia representatives participated in a flower-laying ceremony at the Freedom Monument.