Ex-For­eign and De­fence Min­is­ter Pabriks leaves Unity to join lib­er­als

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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.

Zane Bitere/LETA

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