'Progressives' party announces Latvian prime ministerial candidate

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The Progresīvie (Progressives) party has nominated Roberts Putnis as their candidate for Prime Minister in the upcoming October 6 election, reported Latvian Television.

One of the country's few openly gay politicians, Putnis was previously the Head of Media Policy at the Ministry of Culture and also headed Delna, the Latvian office of Transparency International.

The party, which could be characterized as left-of-center liberal, says its priorities are healthcare, social safety, as well as "a new green policy and smart economy that can be evaluated by the criteria of the World Happiness Report".

Progresīvie have shown poor performance at polls so far, with SKDS pollster data for May showing they'd garner only 0.4 to 0.6% of electoral support, not making it past the 5% threshold required to make it into the parliament.

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