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Titavs: people are tired of oligarchs and their anti-campaigners

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Dans Titavs

Latvia’s residents are fed up with oligarchs and people campaigning against them, as evidenced by the 11th Saeima election outcome, believes Dans Titavs, board member at the Latvian Exporters and Investors Club.

The biggest surprise in these elections was that the anti-corruption campaigners – Sarmite Elerte, Lolita Chigane, Rasma Karklina and Girts Valdis Kristovskis – were not elected to the Parliament, Titavs indicates to the magazine Kapitāls.

This is very peculiar and interesting that a party does well in the elections, while its electoral list’s leaders only get «minuses». So far, cultural and foreign affairs ministers have always been popular and these posts facilitated high ratings. Many voters did not vote for Unity exactly because of the mentioned persons. Most likely, they chose to vote for Valdis Zatlers. Possibly, this time the voting can be seen as a clear signal from the residents that they are tired of oligarchs and their anti-campaigners, the political scientist is convinced.

He believes that, on the one hand, voters cast their ballots for a stable change without political forces that are really cynical and harmful to the country. However, on the other hand – for the stability that exudes from Unity and its leaders Valdis Dombrovskis and Solvita Aboltina. Consequently, Latvia’s population wants changes, but not revolutionary and unpredictable ones.

Titavs also emphasizes that it is a historic opportunity for the government to include the Harmony Center (HC) which represents one-third of the citizens.

Leaving HC behind is not quite right as it is new blood and new ideas that can be discussed in a democratic way. The state development would be interesting directly based on the Harmony Center’s activities, he says.

I do not think that it is possible to establish a national government with 56 votes and work for three years. It is a mission impossible. Such a model could develop now, but it would be a one-year issue. While the HC, Unity and Zatlers Reform Party Zatlers, especially if they manage to invite All For Latvia! might be an interesting government composition that would provide stability for growth, Titavs says.

He projects that the Greens and Farmers Union will not gain power in the 11th Saeima. This political force has been in power for decades and any party needs a break time in opposition.

While he describes Slesers as a cyclical politician, who has always worked in the election cycle, having no interest about ratings between elections. Since these were emergency elections and Slesers was not prepared, Titavs believes that the failure was rather predictable. Most likely, Slesers will never recover from this blow and his time in politics is over, Titavs adds.


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  1. Ac says:

    And people are even more tired of Mr Titavs

  2. dmmaseoseoseo says:

    Wow, this is very interesting to read. Have you ever considered submitting articles to magazines?

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