For a Humane Latvia
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|Political position||Centre-right to right-wing|
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For a Humane Latvia (Latvian: Par cilvēcīgu Latviju, previously known as Who Owns the State? or To Whom Does the Country Belong? and colloquially as KPV LV – Latvian: Kam pieder valsts?) is a right-wing populist party in Latvia.
This article needs to be updated. The reason given is: Gobzems expulsion from party and the split on support for the coalition.February 2019)(
Initially known as just KPV, it changed its abbreviation to KPV LV on 21 June 2016, as an association by the same name already existed. On December 12, 2020, it was renamed For a Humane Latvia.
In July 2018, the party experienced a steep rise in ratings, reaching 7.0%, in comparison with 4.4% just a month before, and became the third most popular political party in Latvia. Political scientist Ivars Ijabs credited the rise to Kaimiņš, co-chairman of the party Atis Zakatistovs and businessman Viesturs Tamužs being detained by anti-graft police in late June for alleged illegal party financing that Kaimiņš claimed was politically motivated. In August the party's rating rose to 7.5%, but then dropped to 6.2% a month later. According to the results of a survey organized by the Union of European Latvians and the web portal latviesi.com, KPV LV was the most popular political party in the Latvian diaspora in September 2018, with nearly 25% in support. The party's prime minister candidate for the 2018 Latvian parliamentary election was attorney Aldis Gobzems.
KPV LV received the second largest number of votes (14.25%) among the parties participating in the 2018 Latvian parliamentary election and earned 16 seats in the 13th Saeima. After Jānis Bordāns of New Conservative Party (which also earned 16 seats in parliament) was unsuccessful in negotiating a governing coalition, President Raimonds Vējonis nominated Gobzems as Prime Minister of Latvia on 26 November 2018, however Gobzems was also unsuccessful in forming a government and on 10 December Vējonis withdrew his candidacy.
On 4 February 2019 the party board voted to expel Gobzems from the party, with Kaimiņš citing damage to the party's image as the main reason, while Gobzems claimed he was expelled "in the interests of Artuss Kaimiņš". On 6 February 2019 Gobzems was subsequently removed from KPV LV's parliamentary group.
A week later the party's co-chairperson and member of the board Linda Liepiņa stepped down because of KPV LV joining a coalition she did not support and the recent actions of Kaimiņš among other things. After the latest developments in the faction and its vote in the presidential elections she also left the party and its parliamentary faction on 29 May. A day later Liepiņa was followed by MP Karina Sprūde who also left the party and its parliamentary faction. The once-candidate for the office of the President of Latvia, MP Didzis Šmits left the main KPV faction on 13 June although he has not yet said that he will leave the party.
In 2020, the party suffered an electoral setback, receiving only 1.12% of the vote at the 2020 Riga City Council snap election. On December 12, 2020, during a party convention KPV LV members voted to remove chairman Atis Zakatistovs from the party, replace him with board member Rolands Millers and to rename the party to For a Humane Latvia (Latvian: Par cilvēcīgu Latviju). The change was contested by a splinter convention held the month, which prompted the Register of Enterprises of the Republic of Latvia to postpone the name change and return the submission documents for revision with a deadline of April 2021. On February 1, 2021, the Register of Enterprises registered the change of name and administrative board.
KPV LV's position on the European Union has been compared to that of Italy's Five Star Movement – not promoting "hard Euroscepticism" in line with the predominantly pro-EU majority of competing parties, but also taking critical stances of the EU's economic policies, including the euro.
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