Who are KPV LV's new MPs?

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The KPV LV party won 16 seats at the 13th Saeima election. However, but a few of them are publicly known.

Being elected into the Saeima was a surprise for Ieva Krapāne, an employee at the Ikšķile municipal police. Both she and other KPV LV deputees want to improve the people's living conditions.

"I am entering politics because I want to provide better circumstances for new families in Latvia, so that they can find a job here and that they can earn a living and don't have to leave the country. I also want to look after our least protected group, namely retired people," said Krapāne.

KPV LV think that the way to do it is by decreasing taxes and improving business conditions. All their MPs promise to hold regular meetings with the electorate to increase involvement in public administration.

Legal practitioner Aldis Blumbergs, another incoming MP for the party, meanwhile has set a goal to decrease the number of signatures to initiate a referendum. "About 155,000 people need a signature verified by an attorney to initiate a referendum...this threshold should definitely be lower," he said.

Meanwhile another MP says she wants to increase civic engagement.

"Our goal as an organization is to increase civic engagement. If there is some, all of us will be able to live better. Everyone should be able to express their thoughts. Everyone should be listened to and everyone should have the chance to agree or disagree. It's the basis of democracy,"  said incoming MP Iveta Benhena-Bēkena.

Many of KPV LV members and incoming MPs were inspired to join the party by Aldis Gobzems and Artuss Kaimiņš. For example, Jānis Vitenbergs, says he joined the party when Gobzems was named a candidate for PM.

"Up until now, politicians have often lacked the political will to do and work to the goal of representing the interests of all the people or at least a very large party of the people," said Vitenbergs.

Another six KPV LV deputees were elected from municipal councils, namely Kaspars Ģirģens, Ralfs Nemiro, Ramona Petraviča, Ēriks Pucens, Karina Sprūde and Janīna Kursīte (formerly of Unity).

Actor Ivars Puga and Didzis Šmis, the head of a fishing association, are also to represent KPV LV at the parliament.

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