Latvian Association of Regions to run together with National Alliance in Riga elections

  • 2020-02-21
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The Latvian Association of Regions has confirmed that it will run together with the National Alliance in the upcoming emergency Riga elections, the party's leader Edvards Smiltens told LETA.

The two parties plan to make their announcement on February 24.

''It is clear that the winners of the Riga elections will be those who are capable of working together, and doing something that Latvian parties should have been doing for the past several years,'' Smiltens said.

He said that the boards of both parties have decided to run on one ticket in the upcoming elections.

''In such a way, we are telling our voters that two political parties - one liberal, the national conservative, can work together for the greater good,'' the politician said.

Smiltens said that the former MP and Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Einars Cilinskis (National Alliance) will be first on the ticket, while himself will be second on the ticket.

Asked why the Latvian Association of Regions decided against running together with the Union of Greens and Farmers in the Riga elections, Smiltens said that the party did not get any confirmations that the Greens/Farmers would isolate themselves from controversial Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs (For Latvia and Ventspils).