Unity (Latvian political party)

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Unity
Leader Solvita Āboltiņa
Founded 2010 (2010) (electoral alliance)
6 August 2011 (2011-08-06) (party)
Merger of New Era Party,
Civic Union,
Society for Other Politics
Headquarters Riga
Ideology Liberal conservatism[1]
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation None
European affiliation European People's Party[2]
European Parliament group European People's Party
Colours Green
Saeima
20 / 100
European Parliament
4 / 8
Website
http://www.vienotiba.lv/
Politics of Latvia
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Unity (Latvian: Vienotība) registered as Latvian: Partija "VIENOTĪBA" Party "UNITY" is a liberal-conservative[1] political party in Latvia, founded as an electoral alliance of the New Era Party, Civic Union, and the Society for Other Politics on 6 March 2010. It was reportedly founded in a bid to form a counterweight to the left-wing Harmony Centre alliance,[3] which had been strengthening in polls and elections, while the other right-wing parties (People's Party, For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK and LPP/LC) were below the electoral threshold of 5%.[4]

On 6 August 2011 the alliance was transformed into a single political party.[5] It is affiliated with the European People's Party at the European level.

Its leader, Solvita Āboltiņa, is the Speaker of the Saeima. Laimdota Straujuma is the current Prime Minister, and another five Unity members are serving as ministers in the current government.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Parties and Elections in Europe, "Latvia", The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck". Parties & Elections. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ EPP/Latvia, European People's Party (www.epp.eu), retrieved on 28 March 2012
  3. ^ Unity has potential, but faces rocky road. Latviansonline.com (14 March 2010). Retrieved on 19 September 2011.
  4. ^ Harmony Centre is Most Popular Latvian Party | Angus Reid Public Opinion. Angus-reid.com. Retrieved on 19 September 2011.
  5. ^ Apollo – Ziņas: Izveidota partija «Vienotība». Apollo.lv. Retrieved on 19 September 2011.

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