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Brigmanis phones Grigule with a request to leave the party

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAugust Brigmanis, leader of Latvian Farmers Union, believes MEP Iveta Grigule should leave the party, as reported by LTV on Thursday, 26 January.

According to Brigmanis, Grigule’s behaviour is not acceptable for a member of the party. «I have called her myself and told her that it would be best if she left on her own. Because there is such a big buzz around this matter, we believe it would be a logical outcome,» – Brigmanis told LTV.

Grugule commented on this matter in a different way. «He asked me if I was tired and wouldn’t rather leave on my own to lift some pressure off myself. I told him that I am not tired,» – she said.

Brigmanis said he has no plans to ask the board to decide on Grigule’s exclusion from the party, as there is no unanimous opinion on this matter. It could even shake up the party’s internal unity.

As previously reported, Latvian Farmers Union’s Riga office accepted Grigule’s explanation in the Russian propaganda vote case on 26January. No sanctions were applied on Grigule.

LZS board mentioned that Grigule did not communicate her motivations behind her vote well enough, adding that it is better late than never to provide an explanation. Members of the board asked Grigule to explain her decision publicly. The politician agreed to do just that.

BNN had previously reported that Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis told the media that he does not support MEP Iveta Grigule’s decision to vote against the European Parliament’s resolution regarding the opposition against Russian and terrorist propaganda.

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