Unity has decided to turn to its coalition partners – Union of Greens and Farmers and the National Alliance – with an invitation to work together and form a joint list of candidates for the 2017 municipal elections in Riga.
Unity believes that it will be possible to receive the majority of votes during elections if the three coalition parties work together. «It is our common responsibility to prevent a possible fracturing of society, because generous financing of NGOs from the municipal budget and self-advertisement at the expense of residents would mean victory for populists,» – notes the party.
The party offers an agreement to form a coalition in which three parties would be responsible for the management of the capital, allowing for cooperation with other political parties, but not Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga.
This form of cooperation would enhance involvement of society in municipal elections. It would also secure the interests of the majority of Riga residents in Riga City Council, as reported by the party.
The party invites partners to cooperate, mentioning stable and long-term development of the capital, increased employment, more rapid rise of productivity and better energy efficiency.
One important priority mentioned by Unity is the reduction of inequality and provision of higher level of quality of life, compliance with good management principles in the work of the municipal administration and corruption prevention in the capital.
The Union of Greens and Farmers plans to start at Riga municipal elections with a separate list of candidates, as confirmed by the Chairman of UGF Armands Krauze.
Commenting on Unity’s invitation to form a joint candidate list in the next elections in Riga, Krauze said that his party is prepared to discuss this matter with Unity’s representatives. However, the politician believes it will not be possible to form a joint list. This is because UGF has decided to form its own list. Official talks about this topic have yet to begin.
Krauze turned attention to the fact that UGF’s internal consolidation has already taken place. Unlike previous times, Latvia’s Green Party and Latvia’s Farmers Union plan to participate in municipal elections in Riga together.
When asked if such a choice could least to the two remaining parties – Unity and National Alliance – to start in elections in a single candidate list, the politician said that UGF would have no objections if other parties joined forces.
Augusts Brigmanis had previously confirmed UGF’s intentions not to start at upcoming elections with a joint candidate list with other coalition parties. «If other coalition parties want, they can take in even Artuss Kaimins’ new party. His party is more popular than the National Alliance and Unity. These two parties would benefit from cooperation with this new party,» – Brigmanis said.