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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe new political movement ‘Par!’ admits among all current Saeima parties, they are uncomfortable the most for Harmony, because the new party wants Harmony’s votes at the upcoming 13th Saeima elections, said ‘Par!’ movement’s representative Martins Stakis in an interview to BNN.

«We know there are people in Latvia who watch Russian independent channel TV Dozhd and believe Latvia is colossal land. These people want to be part of Europe, but no one communicates with them. We want to communicate with them. This is why our programme covers the matter of non-citizens.»

Stakis admits that the party has had good progress with this group – they want to continue cooperation in the future.

As for Harmony, Stakis said he does not want to demonize anyone because that would not lead anywhere. «This endless fight only creates stagnation,» he said. Nevertheless, Stakis said it is hard for him to imagine his party cooperating with Harmony.

BNN had previously reported that former Unity members Ilze Vinkele, Lolita Cigane, Andrejs Judins, Aleksejs Loskutovs and Ints Dalderis have joined ‘Par!’ political movement. They confirmed it by signing the manifest of the new party on 26 July.

When asked if the new party may become the same Unity with the same leaders, Stakis said he, as a businessman, highly values people with experience. According to him, Unity deputies that have joined ‘Par!’ are some of the most active and driven politicians in the Saeima. Stakis views their joining of the new party as success. Still, he does not think the party will be represented solely by those people.

Stakis does not deny that he views Unity and the New Conservative Party as their closest cooperation partners. ‘Par!’ representative says it is not just an opinion – society has similar views.

Also Stakis says his party views liberal and progressive forces as cooperation partners. «What we think is that the old nomenclature has been in power for the past 26 years. Those people grew up in Latvia during the Soviet Era. Any movement coming with a new view and new cultural offers is close to us.»

As for the topic of oligarchs, Stakis said it is not his party’s primary objective, adding that «everyone knows which party has that as a priority». The party’s representative said one of his team’s main objectives is emphasizing that Latvia does not belong to some small group of people. He believes multiple ruling parties in Latvia serve specific and narrow economic interests.

The objective of the new political movement is reducing inequality in Latvia. According to Stakis, division of state resources is an incorrect course of action. «We have a lot of people who live in poverty, especially in the countryside. And it has nothing in common with their social status. They simply cannot afford many things. At the same time, there are a lot of rich people whose tax burden is laughable. This is not my opinion, multiple surveys point to it.»

According to Stakis, it is important for ‘Par!’ to enter the Saeima. «Getting enough votes would secure us a decision-making position in the Saeima. Entering the parliament to work in the opposition would be equal to buying our ideas and values. It is clear – the more votes we get the braver we will be and the sooner we will be able to realize our ideas.»

When asked if his party allows for the possibility of not entering the Saeima, Stakis said: «The idea is what is most important for me in any situation. Society likes talking about Unity’s five deputies that have decided to join us. Our party has more than 330 members. There is no doubt that we may reach 500 members in the near future. Nearly all of our members have great careers. We have nothing to lose, but maybe some old political force does.»

He does say that he does not want the new party to make it a goal just to enter the parliament. The priority, according to him, is sticking to its ideas to change the country’s political situation and inequality. Stakis notes that the biggest benefit of having a democracy in a small country is the possibility of adding changes very quickly. «We have all advantages. In Germany, for example, it is not possible to change legislation as quickly as it is in Latvia. We proved that during the crisis.»

When asked about the origin of finances the party uses to sustain itself, Stakis said this matter is currently under consideration. «Most members joining the movement provided donations. This money is enough to maintain our office.»

He did tell BNN that this money is not enough to sustain the party. «We have no other option than turning to businessmen who share our ideals – that Latvia needs rapid changes.» Stakis said there are no other options in consideration.


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