10 questions to: Latvian Nationalists

Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. The twelfth installment concerns the Latvian Nationalists party.

1. How do you plan to reform public administration?

Eliminate duplicate structures, optimize costs, reform the state machine. Reduce the number of civil servants by at least half. We plan to reduce the number of counties from 119 to 20. As a result, municipal administration and expenditures will decrease significantly.

2. What are the three ministries you would most like to lead?

Financial, Health, Education.

3. How should the work of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) be changed?

KNAB faces two main scenarios - "Independence" or "Liquidation". In the case of independence, KNAB should report only to the President and be free of party influence. In case of liquidation, KNAB's function would be taken over by the prosecutor's office, etc.

4. Should Latvia remain within the European Union and NATO?

Yes, but reforms are needed in these organizations. The European Union must undertake serious structural, political and economic reforms so that each Member State is free to realize its own vital interests. In the case of NATO, all (including new) Member States need to be guaranteed maximum security.

5. What are the three measures in the economy that could significantly improve the revenue side of the state budget?

Lower taxes on local products and we would consider the possibility of increasing taxes on imported food; the development of local production; higher investments outside Riga. In our program there is a "101 kilometer concept" - that is to cancel VAT on food and clothing for people who live at 101 and more kilometers from Riga.

6. Do you support the Cohabitation Act, which would also provide a basis for legal relations for same-sex couples?

Not. On the contrary. We are planning to make Article 110 (marriage between a man and a woman) in the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia unchangeable, so that it can only be changed in a popular referendum.

7. Should another President of Latvia be chosen for the next term? What should the criteria be?

Yes. The main criteria are: Latvian nationalist, erudition, passion and ideas to work for the good of Latvia.

8. Should defense expenditure be increased to 2.5% of GDP in the coming years?

No, because social issues should first be resolved - increasing GDP to families to 2%.

9. Which political forces do you consider as potential allies, and which could you not work with?

[We say] No to Harmonyites, Kremlinites and sodomites. For those who could be considered as allies, we will decide after the election, because it is not currently known which parties will be elected.

10. What are your three main measures to improve the health care system in Latvia?

1. Redirect 5% of GDP to health. 2. Reducing drug prices and access to treatment for all. 3. Develop university and regional multidisciplinary hospitals as national and international medical centers with tax-free status.

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