Movement For!

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Movement For!

Kustība Par!
LeaderDaniels Pavļuts
Founded26 August 2017
HeadquartersTorņa iela 4, III-C 101, Riga LV-1050, Latvia
Membership (Feb 2018)528[1]
IdeologyLiberalism[2][3]
Pro-Europeanism[3]
Political positionCentre[2][3]
ColoursYellow, Black
Saeima
8 / 100
European Parliament
0 / 8
Website
www.kustibapar.lv

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.

Organisation[edit]

Leadership[edit]

The party's leader is Daniels Pavļuts, former Minister of Economics in the Third Dombrovskis cabinet.[4]

There are also 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.[5]

Membership[edit]

Movement For! last published membership figures on 27 February 2018 at which time it had a membership of 528, a rise of 150 since the beginning of the year. As a party with more than 500 members before March, it can now officially participate in the Latvian parliamentary election, 2018.[6]

Policies[edit]

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.[7]

History[edit]

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.[8] In February 2018, Saeima members Judins and Loskutovs left the "Movement For".[9] Dālderis and Čigāne retired from the party in April 2018, depriving it of its remaining members of parliament.[10]

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.[11] He is the prime ministerial candidate of For Development/Movement For! in the 2018 parliamentary election.[12][13]

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.[14] The alliance was fully registered on 20 April 2018.[15][13] The alliance came in 4th in the election and joined the Kariņš cabinet.

Election results[edit]

Parliament[edit]

Election year # of overall votes % of overall vote # of overall seats won +/-
2018 ¹ 101,124 12.04 (#4)
13 / 100
New

¹ Result of the Development/For! alliance.

European Parliament[edit]

Election year # of

overall votes

% of

overall vote

# of

overall seats won

+/–
2019 ¹ 58,763 12.25 (#5)
1 / 8
New

¹ Result of the Development/For! alliance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kustība Par! strauji sasniedz nepieciešamo biedru skaitu, lai kvalificētos vēlēšanām" (in Latvian). Baltic News Network. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  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! | tvnet.lv. tvnet.lv. Accessed on 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ dombrovskis-3.pdf | Government of Latvia. mk.gov.lv. Accessed on 27 February 2018.
  5. ^ Partiju Kustība Par! vadīs Pavļuts, valdē ievēlē arī Viņķeli un Dālderi | Latvian Public Broadcasting. lsm.lv. Accessed on 27 February 2018.
  6. ^ Jaunā strāva Latvijas politikā | Movement For!. kustibapar.lv. Accessed on 27 February 2018.
  7. ^ Manifests | Movement For!. kustibapar.lv. Accessed on 27 February 2018.
  8. ^ "5 MPs leave Unity party". eng.lsm.lv. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Judins un Loskutovs pamet partiju Kustība Par!". Diena. 22 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Saeima deputy Lolita Čigāne decides to leave «Kustība Par!» political party". Baltic News Network. LETA. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Pabriks pamet 'Vienotību' un pievienojas 'Attīstībai/Par!'". Delfi.lv. 3 June 2018.
  12. ^ "More parties submit election tickets". eng.lsm.lv. Latvian Public Broadcasting. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b Kaža, Juris (14 August 2018). "Who is who in upcoming Latvian parliamentary elections". Re:Baltica. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  14. ^ Sintija Ambote; Dace Stirāne (24 March 2018). "Kustība «Par!» vēlēšanās startēs kopā ar «Latvijas attīstībai»". LSM.lv.
  15. ^ "Kustība Par!, Latvijas attīstībai un Izaugsme ir apvienībā Attīstībai/Par!". BNN – Baltic News Network. 20 April 2018.

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