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Unity’s youth criticizes the party for its unclear position in the “Lembergs case”

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Unity’s Youth organization heavily criticizes the party leaders’ evasive behaviour in supporting the order of Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Edmunds Spridzs to dismiss Aivars Lembergs from his post of Chairman of Ventspils City Council.

“All these years, accusations were presented only to the Chairman of Ventspil City Council, but the decisions are not made by the Chairman of the City Council – they are made by the deputies. With that, those deputies share the responsibility of those violations,” – said in the letter addressed to the management of Unity and its members; the letter Pietiek.com gained access to.

Members of the organization that sent this letter believe Unity’s unclear position in relation to Lembergs’ continued presence in Ventspils City Council is unacceptable because of a number of reasons. Firstly, this official is accused in many serious crimes and actually continues to manage Ventspils City Council and make decisions at the Ventspils Free port. Secondly, the fact that the Greens’ and Farmers’ Union represents the last oligarch party in the Saeima, this position creates an impression in the public about Unity’s support from oligarch influence dependent political powers. It makes people doubt Unity’s principles and ideals, the young people believe.

“We fully support the initiative of the party’ management Board members to express a clear position in regard to the issue of money and power relation in politics and the promotion of a full dismissal of Ventspils City Council, and we ask the management of the party to discuss its position on an open government meeting,” – Unity Youth organization members say.

BNN previously reported that the ruling Unity politicians expressed dismay over the point of firing Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs last week. Reform Party (RP) reacted by calling its coalition partners to offer clear political support to Sprudzs.

Leader of RP Valdis Zatlers explained Unity’s reluctance and confusion with the inherited piety against their former government partners – Greens’ and Farmers’ Union. Still, he expresses hope that the Reform and Justice Coalition will manage to prove its name. Zatlers calls the events currently transpiring in Latvia’s politics an “Arab spring”.

As previously reported, Edmunds Sprudzs noted in his order to dismiss Lembergs from his post of Chairman of Ventspils City Council, that his decision was based on information from the Prosecutor General’s office. It shows evidence that Lembergs has been the actual benefit recipient, deciding over more than 20 merchants, as the information published in Latvijas Vēstnesis (Latvian Herald) newspaper.

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