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Kaimins stands against the policy that holds the craving for power above all else

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Solvita Aboltina is a symbol to all of the effrontery that is currently present in Latvia’s policy. Arrogance, craving for power and scheming – I do not find that acceptable one bit. Martins Bondars and Dainis Liepins desperately crave power. I think LRA is their pocket party,» – said Artuss Kaimins in his interview to BNS.

Kaimins also mentioned that there is no way he would accept forming a coalition with the Union of Greens and Farmers, whose leader is the criminally accused Aivars Lembergs, TVNET writes.

«Until he is put in prison, there can be no talks,» – said Kaimins.

«It is my belief that I cannot possible waste the enormous support and faith put in me by voters on personal interests of two people who will choose any post of power at any cost,» – said Kaimins.

«This has been a long time coming. I understood this yesterday – thank you, good sirs. I wish you no luck!» – said Kaimins.

As previously reported, Artuss Kaimins announced his decision to leave LRA on 16 December.

«The public image of Solvita Aboltina has become a symbol in the eyes of my voters of all that is appalling in Latvia’s politics – arrogance, corruption and scheming. What more, the management of Latvian Regional Alliance’s faction has become a staunch supporter of Aboltina,» –he said in his announcement of plans to leave the LRA faction.

«I don’t consider that a clever policy. I consider that a desperate attempt to enter the coalition. With that, I want to distance myself from it,» – 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 the deputy.

According to him, «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.

«The formation of the new government during this festive period will provide us with a new vision for Latvia’s politics. I wish you all a great holiday, peaceful Christmas and a happy new year,» – concluded the deputy.


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  1. Ilmars says:

    The problem with Latvian politics is that irrespective of who wins elections, Unity still calls the shots. Latvia has become, in practical political terms, a de facto dictatorship by Unity. In all other democracies, there is a complete change in administration, but not here.
    This has led to a toxic political culture, led by an obnoxiuos person like Aboltina.Unity needs some time in opposition to clean up its act and kick Aboltina out.
    It hasn’t taken long for LRA to become another Unity clone, taking orders from Aboltina, and they should also get the boot.
    Kaimins is a breath of fresh air in Latvian politics, and he should consider starting his own political party.
    After all, anyone who gets insulted by that crook, Aivars Lemsberg, has a lot going for him.

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