Progressives name EP election leaders

The Progressives political force has listed former Rīga Mayor Mārtiņš Staķis and last spring's presdential candidate Elīna Pinto as leaders in the European Parliament (EP) elections, the party said January 15.

“We have seen increasing support for far-right politics in recent years, which, instead of trying to overcome serious challenges such as the climate crisis or high public inequality, preaches simplistic opposites to build their political capital at the expense of hatred,” the party's co-chairman Andris Suvajevs said.

The priorities put forward by the party are to security, prosperity, and belonging.

Besides Pinto and Staķis, there are 16 other politicians on the list of candidates, including the party co-chairwoman, Riga City Council deputy Justīne Panteļējeva, social integration specialist Māris Grāvis, migration and integration expert Agnese Lāce, Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Cystic fibrosis society Alla Beļinska, businessman Girts Dubkēvičs and others.

European Parliament elections in the Member States of the European Union will take place from June 6 to 9 , in Latvia – on Saturday, June 8.

Parties who have already announced their leaders for the elections are Progressives, For Latvian Development, New Conservative Party, Harmony, and National Alliance.

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