Elections were held in Latvia without a choice

Editor-in-Chief of the Latvian Forbes Katarina Ilinska.A photo: Personal archive

“In my opinion, and my opinion is based on how much the new government will help business, Latvia is in danger,” said Katarina Ilinska, editor-in-chief of the Latvian Forbes, commenting on the results of the parliamentary elections held in the country.

It has been almost a week since a new parliament was elected in Latvia. From the point of view of personalities, elections have brought a lot of new – approximately two thirds of structure of the Diet will be replaced. In addition, this time the Latvian voter has clearly demonstrated that everyone will get what they deserve.

There is no point in playing the national card anymore

The war in Ukraine threw aside the national question, and allowed to concentrate on the economy, the development of the state and the future. If earlier, at every convenient opportunity, the nationalists (Nacionālā apvienība) took out the “Russians are coming” card, and the pro-Russian party “Consent” (Saskaņa) mobilized its electorate with mild phrases on the topic “let’s live together, it’s profitable”, but now all this has not helped.

The Russian voter was clearly divided into “for Russia” and “for Ukraine”. The pro-Russian electorate voted for the Stability Party (Stabilitāte!), which is headed by a tik-toker and an ardent defender of everything Russian Alexei Roslikov. And sane Russians dispersed in all directions, regarded the proposals of the parties on the merits and leaned against the moderate parties.

It became clear that it no longer makes sense to play the national question. It turned out that the National Association, apart from the phrase “Russians are coming”, had nothing more to offer, so they received fewer votes than in the last elections, and than everyone expected. And the Harmony party did not offer anything at all in these elections and decided to abstain on all issues. The result is that the party, for which the Russian-speaking population voted for 30 years, making it the most popular party, this time could not overcome even the five percent barrier, and did not enter the parliament.

The party For Development (Attīstībai/Par!) also did not pass – it is famous for suspicious purchases of vaccines during Covid-19, as well as for failing to build a fence on the border with Russia and Belarus.

New faces have appeared

But the so-called “new faces” came. The “Progressives” (Progresīvie) managed to get into the parliament – relatively young people who, apparently, are still looking for themselves, and the “Joint List” (Apvienotais saraksts), which I called the party of entrepreneurs for myself, since there are many entrepreneurs or leaders on their list companies.

The “Joint List” is headed by one of the richest people in Latvia – Uldis Pilens, his company is engaged in the construction business. The party of the oligarch Ainars Shlesers also took place.

It would take a long time to describe the people who will lead the country for the next four years, but there is not much point in this. The question is where will they lead the state?

No business answers

In my opinion, and my opinion is based on how much the new government will help business, Latvia is in danger. In addition to actions to protect the state, the military and foreign policy of Latvia, where, in my opinion, politicians can only be praised, there are other areas about which nothing is heard at all.

Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer about what will happen to the tax system, how they are going to solve the issue of the energy crisis, how they will support manufacturers in times of fabulous inflation and a shortage of resources, how it is planned to attract labor, which is so lacking, and also how it will be decided the question of education, the level of which falls every year.


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