United for Latvia
|Headquarters||Ventspils iela 4-10, Rēzekne, LV4601|
Russian minority politics
|Political position||Centre to centre-right|
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United for Latvia (Latvian: Vienoti Latvijai) is a populist and economically liberal political party in Latvia. It was founded in 2011 in Rēzekne and in 2013 Ainārs Šlesers became party chairman. Šlesers has been dubbed one of the three "oligarchs" prominent in Latvian politics, and United for Latvia marks his return to electoral politics. He was previously leader of Latvia's First Party/Latvian Way and has served in several governments of Latvia including as Deputy Prime Minister in the government of Aigars Kalvītis and Minister of Transport in the second government of Ivars Godmanis, both of whom are party members. Other formerly prominent Latvian politicians who are now party members include Jānis Jurkāns and Jānis Straume. The party is yet to win seats in the Saeima or the European Parliament. Šlesers and several other party members have been in the past among the Latvian politicians most willing to cooperate with Harmony and other Russian parties in Latvia.
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- Eglitis, Aaron. "Latvians Weary of Corruption to Oust Oligarchs as GDP Lags" Bloomberg.com September 13, 2011
- "Šlesers atstājis partijas «Vienoti Latvijai» vadību". LSM.lv (in Latvian). Retrieved 2018-09-17.
- DELFI (2018-05-17). "Partija 'Vienoti Latvijai' nestartēs Saeimas vēlēšanās (United for Latvia will not participate in the Saeima elections)". DELFI (in Latvian). Retrieved 2018-09-17.
- Official website (in Latvian)