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Multiple Unity members decide to leave the party

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUInts Dalderis, Ilze Vinkele, Lolita Cigane, Andrejs Judins and Aleksejs Loskutovs have all written applications on their exit from Unity, as confirmed by the party’s secretary general Artis Kampars.

These people will continue working in Unity’s Saeima faction, said Vinkele. This stance is shared by multiple Unity members. Politicians leaving the party met with faction leader Solvita Aboltina on Monday, 17 July. She says the faction is made up of politicians elected from a single list, and there are no major ideological discords in relation to matters being addressed by the faction at the moment.

The party’s board has also recommended the faction to work as one. Aboltina personally agrees with this proposal. Discussions within the faction are possible. However, Aboltina predicts that deputies will continue working together to ensure political stability and realize government goals.

Judins emphasizes that those deputies will continue working constructively and supporting the government. He says work is being performed on the formation of a new political party. He refrained from mentioning any potential candidates.

Cigane, on the other hand, said there is demand for centrist party with a clear pro-European offer. It is planned to found the party by the end of summer. Right now anyone is welcome to join and participate in the political process, added the deputy.

The potential party has an active core. Cigane did not mention any names, however.

These deputies had previously mentioned possibly joining some other party. Dalderis mentioned on Friday that he would be prepared to join some new party.

The aforementioned Unity members had previously voiced opinions different from the management of Unity, especially during the government formation process, when Vinkele was accused of blocking Unity’s prime minister candidate’s approval. Veiko Spolitis, who is a member of Unity’s faction, but left the party after a scandal, was among the opposition at the time.

When asked why Spolitis is no longer mentioned among his associates, Dalderis only said «nothing has happened – it’s just that there are different opinions on certain matters». Unofficially other politicians allow that this whole situation may be associated with Spolitis’ lack of success in his work as the head of the parliament’s anti-corruption investigation committee.

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