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Antāne forms a new political party in Ventspils with more than 350 associates

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA new political party was founded in Ventspils this Thursday, 21 September. The name of this new party is Laiks Pārmaiņām (Time for Changes). The initiator of the founding of this new party is Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics President Inga Antāne.

The board of this new party will consist of Linards Gulbis, Ingrīda Gradkovska, Alīna Rugine and Inese Caunīte. Inga Antāne will serve as the chairperson of the party’s board.

The goal of the new party is reforming Latvia as a self-sufficient country that is able to use the work of its residents, accomplishments in science, technologies and finances, as well as its favourable geographical location to sustain itself and work towards development of the country in the interest of residents’ needs and interests, as mentioned in the political party’s announcement.

The party’s representatives also want to use Latvia’s geographical location to improve development for the entire country and Ventspils. «Our goal is making Latvia a green country – with a clean environment, clean air, rich forests and clean waters. We also want to develop Latvia as a country that is not reliant on other countries’ banks or favourable policies in energy and other sectors.»

Currently Laiks Pārmaiņām is formed as a regional party. The party’s manifest was signed at the party’s foundation congress by founders from other regions – Daugavpils, Saldus, Talsi, Kuldiga, Riga, Liepaja and other cities and regions.

«Why is a new political power needed? The time has come for changes in Latvia. Changes are desperately needed for the country’s development. But to accomplish changes, the entire population, not just select politicians, should be involved in political processes. More than 400,000 people have left our country in the twenty five years of Latvia’s independence. If 600,000 Latvian residents, including small children, are forced to live on the brink of poverty, we have no right to stand on the side lines and watch. It would mean committing a crime against our country, our parents, children and ourselves,» says Antāne.

She adds that her party wants changes that will help residents who left the country to return home, changes that will give them confidence that every cent paid in taxes will be spent in the country’s best interest. «We want to realize the kind of changes that won’t have people gather in protests against poverty, changes that will ensure Latvians do not live half-starved, changes that will make sure quality and timely healthcare is not a privilege for the rich.»

Founders of the party also predict that offices will be opened in Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale and Latgale soon, because the entire country needs changes.

Antāne also admits that she did not expect people to respond so quickly to her invitation, which was not advertised using massive and expensive campaigns. «Word of mouth spread the news. Such a large number of people showed on the first day that we can say safely that it is now a party, and we will do everything we can for the good of Latvia!»

More than 350 people participated in the party’s foundation congress.


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