Health Minister joins green party

Latvian Health Minister Anda Čakša has joined the Latvian Green Party (LZP), the party’s office manager Liga Stala reported November 29.

The party’s board revised Čakša's application and approved her membership status upon recommendation of the party’s board chairman Edgars Tavars.

In June 2016 Čakša was nominated for the position of the health minister by LZP when previous minister Guntis Belevics stepped down, despite not being a party member herself.

The Latvian Green Party is a member of the Union of Greens and Farmers political grouping which includes Prime Minister Maris Kučinskis and politician-cum-businessman Aivars Lembergs, mayor of the oil terminal city of Ventspils.

Despite the name, it is rather unlike most European green parties in that it does not take a very strict ideological line on environmentally-friendly and ecological policies, though some of its members do champion such causes. On the other hand, some of its MPs recently opposed proposals to introduce a deposit scheme on plastic drinks bottles.

It is considered traditionalist and right-leaning rather than left-leaning.

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