People's Party (Latvia)

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People's Party
Tautas partija
Leader Andris Šķēle
Founded 1998
Dissolved 2011
Headquarters Riga
Ideology Conservatism[1]
National conservatism[2]
Political position Centre-right
National affiliation For a Good Latvia
European affiliation European People's Party
International affiliation None
European Parliament group European People's Party (2004–2009)
Colours Orange

The People's Party (Latvian: Tautas partija, TP) was a conservative[1] political party in Latvia. The People's Party was the leader of three governments and a member of another four.


Tautas partija was founded in 1998 by Andris Šķēle, a businessman and former prime minister, who was the chairman of the party until 2002. Because of Šķēle's powerful personality, many voters identified the party with its leader during this period. In 2002, Šķēle exited politics and Atis Slakteris became the chairman of Tautas partija. At the October 2002 elections the party became the third largest in the Saeima (parliament), winning 16.7% of the vote and 20 seats. In 2004, People's Party member Aigars Kalvītis became prime minister.

At the legislative elections, on 7 October 2006, the party won 19.49% of the popular vote and 23 out of 100 seats in the Saeima, becoming the largest party in parliament and maintaining its status as leader of the coalition government, with Kalvītis as prime minister. The post of the Prime Minister was lost in 2007, but the party retained its place in the coalition under Ivars Godmanis of the Latvian Way party, and then until spring of 2010 under Valdis Dombrovskis of the New Era Party. However at the 2010 elections, the first after the Latvian economic crisis, the party lost most of its support, winning just 4 seats in the elections.

Tautas partija was a member of the European People's Party (EPP).

On July 9, 2011 248 out of 308 party congress delegates voted to disband the People's Party. According to some political analysts, it was done in order to avoid repaying a Ls1.03 million campaign donation it received and spent illegaly in 2006, but party chairman Andris Šķēle denied that.[3] On September 22, 2016 the Senate of the Supreme Court of Latvia refused People’s Party appeal against the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau's decision to make it pay back 1.03 million lats,[4] but on December 16, 2011 the People's Party was declared insolvent by the Riga City Central District Court.[5]


  1. ^ a b Hans Slomp (2011). Europe, a Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics. ABC-CLIO. pp. 532–. ISBN 978-0-313-39181-1.
  2. ^ Bakke, Elisabeth (2010), "Central and East European party systems since 1989", Central and Southeast European Politics Since 1989, Cambridge University Press, p. 79
  3. ^ "People's Party, Skele, ride off into the sunset". The Baltic Times. July 13, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "People's Party ordered to pay anti-corruption bureau 1.03 million lats". Baltic News Network. LETA. September 22, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  5. ^ "Court declares People's Party insolvent". Baltic News Network. LETA. December 16, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2012.

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