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Politologist: there are political forces in Latvia that do not listen to voters

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe 12th Saeima elections that took place in 2014 reflected society’s attitude toward the parliament and proved that people who were never even elected in the parliament can and most likely will find a way to enter the Saeima. This proves that Latvia now has political forces that do not listen to voters, says politologist Ilga Kreituse.

Politologist Juris Rozenvalds has told Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV that events surrounding the 12th Saeima elections, including the vote-buying scandal, deputy Juris Junkurs’ decision to put down his mandate and the subsequent picking up of this mandate by Solvita Aboltina, did not come as a surprise. It was no good news, either.

The Saeima reflect society’s political culture, noted Rozenvalds.

Voters proved what Latvian society believes in and how it’s formed, as well as how serious they are about the Saeima, added Kreituse.

She added that Saeima had previously been a place you could not enter by default without being elected. Aboltina’s case, however, has proven that this is no longer the case. By putting down his mandate, Junkurs, it seems, played the gentleman who let the lady in first and was left to stand waiting outside.

This should not be the case in politics. But this case has nonetheless proven that there are political forces in Latvia that do not listen to voters, concluded Kreituse.

She says Latvian political parties have another problem – three or more Saeima compositions and parties usually dissolve. Whether or not Unity can take it is a matter of debate. The fact that discussions are held in the party is only natural, said Kreituse. She emphasized that it is important to consider what the party discusses internally and whether or not the party competes just for power or to make life better for voters.

Rozenvalds, on the other hand, said the Saeima elections have proven that parties that may potentially become the ruling power compete not for, but against. This was demonstrated well enough by the pre-election campaign, during which politicians had warned that ‘no one voted for them, the country would be taken over by the bear’. Unity lost the 12th Saeima elections, because there was a regrouping of political power in the country and the National Alliance gained more ground as a result.

Meanwhile, Russian-speakers have proven that they do not want radical political powers here, which is worth mentioning. «I hope Latvian politicians will take this into consideration,» – said Rozenvalds.

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