Latvia’s biggest problem is the older generation of politicians

Older generation of politicians is Latvia’s largest problem. Some of those people are due for retirement. This is why the main objective for ‘Kustība Par!’ is involving a new generation of young and perspective politicians, says the party’s leader Daniels Pavļuts.

This year’s Saeima elections, according to him, will not have the usual choice between the left and the right or between conservatives or liberals. He says the «choice will be for a better tomorrow made yesterday».

«We are a modern, young and well-educated people that think about the future. Many of us have children and we think about their and Latvia’s future. People do not think in two or four-year election cycles. We look towards the far future,» Pavļuts says.

According to him, there isn’t a single truly right-wing party in Latvia. «Latvia has had more of an unclear centrist policy over the years. Unity has a very unclear place in the political spectrum. Lately Unity has been experiencing internal stress associated with a desire to attract nationally-thinking voters. This is why the party has performed leans towards national conservatism. I no longer see anything right-wing or centrist left in this party.»

«It seems to me sticking political labels is not important, because words like ‘right-wing’ or ‘left-wing’ mean nothing to voters. On top of that, definitions of those words in Latvia can be confusing. When getting involved in politics, the main question has always been if a political party is ready to oppose stagnation and hopelessness felt in the political environment and among voters,» said Pavļuts.

He believes one of the main reasons why young people continue leaving Latvia with their entire families is because they see no perspective in Latvia. They do not believe the current generation of politicians has any vision for Latvia’s future. «People do not believe our politicians are able to offer a vision for Latvia’s development,» says Pavļuts.

In the search for partners, ‘Kustība Par!’ has extended an offer to ‘progressively-thinking, liberal political parties’. Only Growth and For Latvia’s Development have responded to this call so far. «I can say about Growth party that we know these people. We find attractive their views towards a more sensitive social policy and good understanding of healthcare policy. This party has doctors among its members, as well as people associated with the healthcare industry. Andris Skride, head of Growth party, is a well-known specialist in the field of rare diseases. As for the other party – For Latvia’s Development – I can say that before we formed ‘Kustība Par!’, it was the only modern liberal party. Our cooperation with them is only logical. The agreement we have now shows that we are going for a liberal aka modern and new generation-based social justice offer.»

The party briefly considered working with Unity. However, during talks, Pavļuts said, it became clear that Unity is only interested in young and politically inexperienced members to use them as a façade for a new approach without changing a thing.

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