Ex-Foreign and Defence Minister Pabriks leaves Unity to join liberals
Latvian MEP Artis Pabriks, the former Latvian Foreign Minister and Defence Minister, has decided to leave the centre-right government party Unity to join the liberal alliance Latvijas Attīstībai/Par.
In a statement published on Sunday, June 3, the politician, who held the post of the Foreign Minister from 2004 to 2007 and served as the Defence Minister between 2010 and 2014, wrote: «Without a new start in Latvian politics, without a small revolution in the parliament and the government, Latvia will continue to stagnate». The reasons for leaving Unity months before the autumn Saeima election, were also expressed in the statement, where he called on former fellow party members «to show with actions, not only with the new party name, New Unity, to stop keeping silent obediently, covering the shortcomings of the Union of Greens and Farmers in the government, to change the party not just to somewhat improve the design of the exterior».
The press secretary of the liberal alliance Latvijas Attīstībai/Par has confirmed that Pabriks has joined them.