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
23 / 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 is Solvita Āboltiņa, the chair of parliament's National Security Committee.[6] Laimdota Straujuma is the current Prime Minister, and another four Unity members are serving as ministers in the 2014-2018 government. For the 2014 general election, Unity announced an electoral pact with the Reform Party.[7]

Election Results[edit]

Parliament (Saeima)[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2010 301,424 31.9
33 / 100
Increase 15
2011 172,567 18.8
20 / 100
Decrease 13
2014 199,535 21.9
23 / 100
Increase 3

European Parliament[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2014 204,979 46.2 (#1)
4 / 8

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.
  6. ^ Aboltina voted in as chairwoman of Saeima National Security Committee, LETA, 6 November 2014, accessed 9 November 2014
  7. ^ 'Vienotība' un RP vienojas par kopīgu startu 12.Saeimas vēlēšanās, LETA, 27 December 2013, accessed 21 September 2014

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