Movement For!

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Movement For!
Kustība Par!
LeaderDaniels Pavļuts
Founded27 August 2017; 3 years ago (2017-08-27)
HeadquartersTorņa iela 4, III-C 101, Riga LV-1050, Latvia
Membership (2021)620[1]
Social liberalism[2][3]
Political positionCentre to centre-left[2][3]
National affiliationDevelopment/For!
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
European Parliament groupRenew Europe
Colours  Yellow
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European Parliament
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Movement For! (Latvian: Kustība Par!) is a liberal political party in Latvia. The party was founded on 26 August 2017 at the House of Culture Rītausma in Riga with 298 party members.[3] The party is one of the members of the Development/For! alliance.


Movement For! did not participate in Latvian parliamentary election in 2014, but received representation in the Saeima when Lolita Čigāne, Ints Dālderis, Andrejs Judins and Aleksejs Loskutovs defected from Unity in July 2017, with Čigāne suggesting the Latvian political spectrum needed a centrist, pro-European party.[4] In February 2018, Saeima members Judins and Loskutovs left the "Movement For".[5] Dālderis and Čigāne retired from the party in April 2018, depriving it of its remaining members of parliament.[6]

In June 2018, member of European Parliament Artis Pabriks (former foreign minister and minister of defense of Latvia) defected from Unity to the Movement For, thereby representing the new party in the European Parliament. He continues to sit with the centre-right European People's Party group. Pabriks has also announced to run for the 2018 parliamentary election on the joint list of Latvian Development and Movement For.[7] He was the prime ministerial candidate of Development/For! in the 2018 parliamentary election.[8][9]

Latvian parliamentary election, 2018[edit]

In March 2018, Movement For! formed the Development/For! electoral alliance with two small liberal and pro-European parties, Latvian Development (Latvijas attīstībai) and Growth (Izaugsme), to run in the Latvian parliamentary election in October of the same year together.[10] The alliance was fully registered on 20 April 2018.[11][9] The alliance came in 4th in the election and joined the Kariņš cabinet.

The party was accepted as a full member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in October 2019.[12]



The party's leader from 2017 till now is Daniels Pavļuts, currently Minister of Health [13] and former Minister of Economics in the Third Dombrovskis cabinet.[14]

From 2017 to 2019 there were a 8 board members: former politician Ilze Viņķele, MP of the Saeima Ints Dālderis, political analyst Marija Golubeva, corporate lawyer Evita Goša, economist Kaspars Briškens, Ventspils State Gymnasium No.1 deputy director Oskars Kaulēns, entrepreneur Mārtiņš Staķis and Ministry of Transport official Andulis Židkovs.[15]

In June of 2019 new, bigger board with 11 members was elected: Ilze Viņķele, MP of the Saeima and leader of the Development/For! fraction Marija Golubeva, Chairman of the Riga City Council Mārtiņš Staķis, MP of the Saeima Vita Anda Tērauda, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Dace Bluķe, MP of the Saeima Mārtiņš Šteins, Head of the Office of the Ministry of Health Vladislava Šķēle, entrepreneur Normunds Mihailovs, DevOp Edgars Jēkabsons and entrepreneur Jevgenijs Lurje.[16]

2021 Latvian municipal elections[edit]

In November of 2020 "Movement For!" announced that in the 2021 Latvian municipal elections, will start with own lists, its identity and program, but there is possibility that in some of the municipalities "Movement For!" will start with a joint list with the parties Latvian Development and Growth.

Currently, "Movement For!" has 13 territorial divisions - Ādaži, Cēsis, Jelgava, Jūrmala, Kuldīga, Liepāja, Mārupe, Ogre, Ropaži, Rīga, Tukums, Valmiera and United Kingdom.


Party manifesto[edit]

The party's manifesto emphasizes the need for a unity of society, accessible public health care for everyone, rule of law standing over power and fair trial standing over corruption. The manifesto also calls for a reorganization of the powers to counties and cities, state aid for globally sustainable businesses, and addressing the issue of non-citizens in Latvia. Regarding public safety and foreign policy Movement For! seeks for a close cooperation between Latvia and European Union as well as NATO.[17]

Election results[edit]

Legislative elections[edit]

Election Party leader Performance Rank Government
Votes % ± pp Seats +/–
2018 Daniels Pavļuts 101,685 12.12
6 / 100
New 4th Coalition
  1. ^ Development/For! list won 13 seats - 6 went to Movement For! - 6 went to LA - 1 to Izaugsme

European Parliament elections[edit]

Election Party leader Performance Rank EP Group
Votes % ± pp Seats +/–
2019 Ivars Ijabs 58,763 12.49
0 / 8
New 4th Renew Europe
  1. ^ Development/For! list won 1 seats - 1 went to LA


  1. ^ "Kustības Par! kongress 2021" (in Latvian). 3 July 2021. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b "New political party The Movement For! established in Latvia". The Baltic Times. 30 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Reģistrējoties teju 300 biedriem nodibina partiju Kustība Par!. Accessed on 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Five MPs leave Unity party". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. July 18, 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Judins un Loskutovs pamet partiju Kustība Par!". Diena. 22 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Saeima deputy Lolita Čigāne decides to leave "Kustība Par!" political party". Baltic News Network. LETA. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Prominent MEP switches parties ahead of election". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  8. ^ "More parties submit election tickets". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b Kaža, Juris (14 August 2018). "Who is who in upcoming Latvian parliamentary elections". Re:Baltica. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  10. ^ Sintija Ambote; Dace Stirāne (24 March 2018). "Kustība "Par!" vēlēšanās startēs kopā ar "Latvijas attīstībai"". Latvijas Sabiedriskais medijs.
  11. ^ "Kustība Par!, Latvijas attīstībai un Izaugsme ir apvienībā Attīstībai/Par!". Baltic News Network. 20 April 2018.
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  13. ^ "Daniels Pavļuts". Kustība Par!. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  14. ^ dombrovskis-3.pdf | Government of Latvia. Accessed on 27 February 2018.
  15. ^ Partiju Kustība Par! vadīs Pavļuts, valdē ievēlē arī Viņķeli un Dālderi. Latvijas Sabiedriskais medijs. Accessed on 27 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Kustība "Par!" ievēl jaunu, paplašinātu valdi; par tās priekšsēdētāju atkārtoti kļūst Daniels Pavļuts". Kustība Par!. 2019-06-15. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  17. ^ Manifests | Movement For!. Accessed on 27 February 2018.

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