"New Conservatives" reveal top election tickets

The right-of-center New Conservative Party (JKP) has named its ministerial candidates and party leaders who appear at the top of the election ballot for the October 6, 2018 parliamentary elections, reported Latvian Radio and LTV July 18.

It has nominated party leader Jānis Bordāns as its candidate for PM and an election ticket leader in the Vidzeme cultural region; with Juta Strīķe, Krišjānis Feldmans, Ilga Šuplinska and Juris Jurašs named for the remaining regions.

"Young people without a past under communism should be allowed at the helm of the state -- people who will adopt decisions in the name of the people, instead of a few sponsors or groups of interested parties," Bordāns told the press. 

The party's election program proposes trimming the number of public servants by 30% and otherwise improving government efficiency. It also says it would raise non-taxable income and the minimum wage. 

JKP, founded in 2014 by people including a former National Alliance MP, failed to win any seats in the previous election. However, it is now furnished with figureheads Juta Strīķe and Juris Jurašs - both known publicly for their work as anti-corruption officials.

According to party ratings for June, commissioned to the SKDS agency by LTV, a bit fewer than 5% of respondents would vote for JKP, meaning that at this moment it would not make it past the threshold to win actual seats in parliament. 

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