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Āboltiņa to manage Unity for two more years

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSolvita Āboltiņa will remain in the post of Unity’s Chairperson for two more years. 334 delegates voted in favour of Āboltiņa during the party’s congress.

Janis Rozenbergs has been elected as the Chairperson of Unity’s Council. He was the only candidate for this post. 482 delegates voted in his favour. Linda Medene has been selected as his deputy.

This time there were two candidates to fill in the post of the head of the party – Solvita Āboltiņa and Andrejs Judins.

Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, Andris Piebalgs, Janis Reirs, Artis Pabriks, Kārlis Šadurskis, Rihards Kozlovskis, Anrijs Matīss, Sandra Kalniete, Andrejs Judins, Edvards Smiltēns, Ilma Čepāne, Krišjānis Kariņš, Aleksejs Loskutovs and Karina Korna have also been elected to the Board of Unity.

After the congress Āboltiņa noted that a strong and capable board has been elected. She added that the congress expressed confidence in her.

When asked about the criticisms expressed during the congress in regard to the party’s work organization, Āboltiņa denied the claims that the party does not discuss important matters. She emphasized that Unity holds talks about different matters that last for hours. She added that it is planned to start holding regular meetings on Mondays in order to hold talks about legislative initiatives.

People in the party are not denied the right to speak out and there are no repressions if people have opinions that are different from the majority, claims the politician. Commenting the statement by Sandra Kalniete that people with opinions that differ from those of the majority are actively silenced, Āboltiņa said members of the party actively try to silence people who turn against the realization of a liberal policy and democratic discussions. As an example, she mentioned the faction’s discussion on registration of partnership, which was an aggressive reaction against a conservative approach.

Because the congress took longer than expected, officials did not hold some of the planned debates. Head of Unity’s local branch Juris Vidiņš had previously asked to have these debates moved to the beginning of the congress. This initiative was declined with a majority of votes.

Judins also believes the elected board of the party is capable and generally reflects the will of its delegates to work and express their opinions. At the same time, he emphasized – it is highly important to take into account voiced criticisms as well. «If we can understand where our problems lie, we will be able to resolve them,» – believes the politician.

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