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Zatlers Reform Party to focus on members, not leaders

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Valdis Zatlers

“The question whether I will run for the post of the party’s chairman is not on the agenda. First we need to change the statutes. The General Meeting will be all about restructuring, not changing the party. No chairman will be elected,” says Valdis Zatlers, Zatlers Reform Party leader.

“We are going to focus on the party members, rather than leaders. They will be able to have more direct influence on the party’s policy. This model has gained the most support. Prior to that, we were criticized for the lack of communication and it was perfectly in place. If communication fails, members feel like their interests are not respected,” he told LNT broadcast 900 sekundes.

“In order to regain public support, it is important not to change our guidelines and the programme. Today we see that no members are quitting the party. If you look at the decline in our popularity among voters, it was first seen during the coalition-building process. To some extent, the vote for the party was an emotional one – against the existing system,” the politician says.

According to Zalters, many of the things promised have already been fulfilled – the zero [initial] declaration has been introduced and closed parliamentary votings have been abandoned. The Prime Minister’s party will always be more visible and partners will remain in the shade. However, if there had been no Reform Party and Order No. 2, many good decisions would not have been taken at all, he indicates.

Asked about port authorities, he admits that it is a problem indeed, given the fact that the Latvian competitiveness fades in comparison with the Lithuanian and Estonian ports. Port boards, in his opinion, consist of people who realize failed policies.

“We have put forth more candidates than there are free positions in the boards, but I do not like discussions on specific candidates. We should rather discuss the essence of things. Politicians represent the interests of the society. I agree that people still do not believe in it, but we must show that things can be different,” Zatlers says.

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  1. youri says:

    This poor guy still beleive he is somebody .PATHETIC

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  2. Reto says:

    2,5% support says it all.

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  3. Arny says:

    I agree he will soon finish like Slchesser.

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  4. ramon says:

    To the first 3 reactions: that would be sad, at least he is not an old style oligarg and want to shape up Latvian politics.

    The loss of the elected members is more a symptom of the fact that most politicians still believe they have to chase their own benefits. Very pity they kept the old habit when they joined the reform part.
    If there is no support for this party, apparently Latvians enjoy to stay in the old style swamp of Latvian politics.

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