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Expert: elections to spark hate; Zatlers resembling Uncle Scrooge

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Dans Titavs

The pre-election campaign before the emergency parliamentary elections will be full of hate, dividing the society, Dans Titavs, board member of the Latvian Exporters and Investors Club, who was excluded from the party New Era (Jaunais laiks), predicts in his column at the magazine Kapitāls.

When assessing the recent political developments in Latvia, Titavs indicates that society is made to think that arresting rich people is the right thing to do. Many believe it is impossible to earn millions in an honest way.

Thus, the nation is even more enraged and at war between Russians and Latvians, between rich and poor, oligarchs and non- oligarchs, Titavs notes.

This will have economic consequences, resulting in local capital flowing away from Latvia, as well as hindering foreign capital attraction to Latvia. Any reasonable person will try to get their capital out of Latvia for fear of what may happen after the elections, warns the expert.

Titavs emphasizes it is naive to think that somewhere in Latvia there are new political forces waiting to run for the elections. If Valdis Zatlers, Inguna Sudraba and Janis Maizitis’ parties are established, this will not be a new force, but more or less the same politically-active people.

Besides, Valdis Zatlers has demonstrated over the four years that he is not a politician. He is a one-day hero, a man who uses political resources and populist moves to ensure his political, economic and personal life and interests. He is the first President of Latvia who was not re-elected for the second term. Also, he has to some extent lost his medical qualification in the past four years. So his future lies in social life of which, in my opinion, he is not really capable of, Titavs expresses, when characterizing Zatlers.

At the moment, he resembles a stingy Uncle Scrooge who thinks how to invest his political capital of ten lats, so that it would bear fruit for a longer time. After examining his interviews and reports, it is clear there is no political offer or strategy, instead – only comments and criticism. Over the four years Zatlers has proved that any person taking the President’s post can gain positive attitude from the society.

It would be appropriate if each party put forward its candidate already before the elections. These candidates could compete and voters would know the values each party advocates. In the recent elections, parties showed their weakness and inability to timely reveal their candidates. It’s hard to say whether Andris Berzins is the worst President, because politics in Latvia are not that predictable. But it is doubtful he is worse than Zatlers, says the board member of the Latvian Exporters and Investors Club.


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