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Pabriks: the new leader should clean up Unity’s closet

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUUnity’s strength only remains in its name, not its core. Internal disputes and fractured state have created a crisis for the party’s political identity that threatens the party’s very existence, believes MEP Artis Pabriks.

According to him, there may not even be a future for the party. This is a matter for the next leader of the party to resolve.

«Debates have shown that both candidates are equally capable. I have worked with both of them. Andris Piebalgs is an experienced politician with an excellent political career. There aren’t many politicians in Latvia with the same kind of experience as him. As for Edvards Smiltens, I was the one who brought him into politics in the first place,» – comments Pabriks.

«Unity’s future depends on the new leader’s ability to act without disturbing the already weak foundation. Unity should be managed a person who unites, not someone who divides. It should be someone who can be as competitive as Latvia’s prime minister. It is highly important, and something I would like to emphasize, that the next leader of Unity should be sufficiently healthy and brave person, capable of taking on responsibility and making brave and radical decisions,» – said the MEP.

«Better reputation in Latvia and the international environment – this should also be a major objective for the new leader. Under current economic and geopolitical conditions, Latvia cannot afford to lose such a patriotic and Europe-oriented party like Unity,» – the politician says.

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