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Skele: my political career has ended

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Andris Skele

By liquidating People’s Party (Tautas partija, PP), my political career has ended. I returned in politics after eight inactive years, because there was the PP, but now that this party no longer exists, I will not involve in politics anymore, indicates Andris Skele, founder of the party.

The main mistake of the PP was becoming a power party. Due to this it was no longer consistent in achieving its goals, Skele recognizes in an interview to LNT broadcast 900 sekundes.

In his view, all the party’s efforts were brushed off in recent years – the Parliament dismissed the proposals simply because they came from the PP. However, the elimination of the party is in no way linked to paying more than one million lats in fines for the pre-election campaign violations, the politician emphasizes.

Skele refers to the current political situation in Latvia as a left political cocktail, while to the upcoming parliamentary elections – as a low-culture theater, with very little choice of candidates to vote for.

At the same time, the politician does not believe that after the liquidation of PP its members will join other parties, because after some time the PP’s ideas will return and the politicians will find their place again.

Skele also advises Valdis Zatlers not to put his surname in his new party’s title. So far only one party had it – Zigerists’ Party – and it was not benefitial, the politician indicates.

Skele says he will be able to assess Zatlers’ activity in politics only after a year, as there is no actual party yet – only its title. Also Zatlers’ ten-point programme is ambiguous – everyone can find something for themselves in it. Skele is also skeptical about Zatlers’ plans to attract 10 000 people to his party.

Skele believes Zatlers involvement in politics after the announcement about the initiation of Saeima dissolution was the only way to become a hero, instead of a laughing stock.

Whereas, when commenting on the next year’s budget outline, Skele points out the situation on the European market will have a major impact. By focusing only on export and neglecting the domestic market, Latvia is staking its all. If something happens in the eurozone over the next three four years, it will be a tsunami in Latvia, says Skele.

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