Former KPV LV, Harmony and National Alliance MPs set up new Saeima group

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Six independent lawmakers at the parliament have decided to set up a new group, the group's chairwoman Linda Liepiņa (formerly KPV LV) told the press.

Jūlija Stepaņenko (formerly Harmony) has been elected deputy chairwoman of the group, and other group members are Aldis Gobzems, Didzis Šmits, Karīna Sprūde (all formerly KPV LV) as well as Inguna Rībena (formerly National Alliance).

Stepaņenko was known for her conservative stance within the ranks of nominally social-democrat Harmony, while former Culture Minister Inguna Rībena is a vocal defender of what she sees as traditional Latvian values.

Aldis Gobzems, a lawyer by trade, is chiefly known for his haphazard and ultimately unsuccessful attempts to set up a cabinet while he was a leading member of the up-and-coming KPV LV party. 

The group will discuss the topical issues, but at the same time, the MPs will be free to vote as they see fit. Lawmakers plan to ask the parliament presidium for support, ensuring a room for the group's meetings.

Liepiņa said that the work of lawmakers who do not belong to any factions at the parliament is somewhat restricted, therefore the lawmakers plan to meet with President Egils Levits to discuss this issue.

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