«When I first announced my intention to inform society of my plans last week, I didn’t expect people to be so supportive. I have since received encouragements from several hundred of my voters. With that, I have understood that it is necessary to found a new political power,» – Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimins in his public announcement.
The new political party will be founded on 3 May 2016.
«There is some work to be done before the party can be founded, however. First I need to gather people. Regional and thematic work groups need to be formed. We also need to develop the party’s programme and carry out a many kinds of organizational tasks,» – said the politician.
«This is why I invite Latvian residents to check out ‘Who owns the country?’ association (www.kampiedervalsts.lv, www.kpv.lv) this week. This association offers society to actively participate in policy-making processes. It will give people the power to oppose the arrogance, extravagance and incompetence of officials and politicians,» – explained Kaimins.
«The public image of Solvita Aboltina has become a symbol of all that is condemnable in Latvia’s politics – arrogance, craving for power and scheming. The board of Latvian Regional Alliance have become Aboltina’s most devoted supporters,» – Kaimins said in his announcement of breaking ties with LRA.
«I don’t consider that to be a wise policy. I do, however, consider that to be a desperate attempt to enter the coalition. And so I have decided to abstain from participating in this scheme,» – he said.
«My decision did not come spontaneously. I have had certain differences in opinions with LRA management for some time now. I did not find the faction’s position on the refugee matter personally acceptable, particularly when the decision was made to support resettlement of refugees without first organizing any in-depth discussions within the party. I do not understand the policy employed by the founding members of LRA. People within the party often have different ideologies and sometimes even misplaced and ill-conceived ambitions,» – said Kaimins.
«There was no reaction from the faction’s leadership to the insults Aivars Lembergs had hurled at me, including his public required to get rid of me. This leads me to believe the leadership of this party agrees with and supports Lembergs’ opinion. All of these factors have contributed to making the work environment for our cooperation impossible. This is why I have decided to leave the LRA faction.»
«I will continue working in the Saeima and its committees. The parliament’s established political culture completely ignores all proposals voiced by the opposition anyway. With that, I see no difference in the opposition having eight or just one vote. Changes to this system can only come from the population’s direct and deep involvement in political processes. I consider the thousands of supporters who follow my work and actively submit feedback my faction,» – added Kaimins.