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Reform Party to choose a new leader this summer

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Valdis Zatlers

Valdis Zatlers

Due to health problems, Ex-president of Latvia and founder of the Reform Party (RP) Valdis Zatlers has decided to leave his post in the political power this summer.

Zatlers annouced his decision during a Board meeting of RP this Wednesday.

He said that health problems currently do not allow him to get fully involved in the work of the party. He wanted to inform his colleagues in a timely manner, so that a new party leader could be proposed without haste.

“This decision was not easy. I founded this party with my associates. Nevertheless, I have thought through and weighted this matter”, – Zatlers said.

The new Chairman will be chosen during the party’s congress. Zatlers noted he’d give his vote for Vyacheslav Dombrovskis.

“I believe he [Vyacheslav Dombrovskis] is the best example of a new generation politician – highly competent, pragmatic and with no shadow of a doubt for his reputation. He has been with the party since its foundation. He was also the author behind our workforce tax reduction plan. He has also proven himself an able manager and leader”, – Zatlers said.

He added that Vyacheslav Dombrovskis is able to unite people with different views and form a dialogue with them.

The politician himself has admitted that, if he receives the support of his comrades, he would be ready for the responsibility of leading the party.

“RP is a young political power, which has brought many new and progressive ideas into Latvia’s politics. This is quite a challenge for Latvian voters, that RP represents a completely different policy, and convince them that their votes will be given to a power that is able to change things”, – Vyacheslav Dombrovskis says.

He emphasized that, by receiving the support of his party’s members, he would concentrate on developing a clear political and economic program, because the party needs to recover and strengthen the trust of its voters.

As it is known, Zatlers was diagnosed with prostate cancer. But it was only diagnosed after Zatlers turned to doctors with other health problems. After a series of procedures, it was discovered that he has a rare illness related to the structure of blood vessels in the spinal canal. Zatlers had a complicated surgery performed in Brussels on July 20.

He noted that he loves to work and be in the Saeima building because information reception from the media is not comparable with the effect of being there. Zatlers participated in August’s emergency Saeima meeting in “test mode”. After that meeting, he told media representatives that he will need several months to regain his strength and come back to work as the leader of RP for “as long as he can”.

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