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“There is no country in the world which has become prosperous by regularly cheating its own people and squandering funds for mediocrity, instead of greatness,” proclaimed former Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) chairwoman Zaneta Jaunzeme-Grende as she announced that she has joined the political party All for Latvia!, reports news agency LETA.
In a public letter explaining her motivation to enter politics, Jaunzeme-Grende points out that she has been politically neutral until now. “I wish to remain and live in Latvia, but not in a country controlled by oligarchs,” she emphasized.

The former LCCI chief said that the only acceptable way to get rid of oligarchs and their 20-year reign over Latvian politics is for parties that defend the interests of the country’s people to win the upcoming elections. Up until now, the success of many Latvian political parties in elections was dependent on the financial goodwill of some privatization era “heroes,” which the parties had to “pay back” when they gained power, Jaunzeme-Grende believes.
“I have chosen to act and join a party that carries out its promises and acts with a conscience. This party is All for Latvia!” Jaunzeme-Grende stated.

She urges each Latvian citizen to evaluate the current situation and choose their party now, not waiting for “another pre-election show sponsored by oligarchs.”
Latvian President Valdis Zatlers, continuing on his bandwagon against alleged state-wide corruption surrounding the so-called oligarchs, was in Vienna last week to take part in a World Economic Forum session devoted to European and Central Asian issues.

On the first evening of the forum, on June 7, the president took part in a discussion with other heads of state about anti-corruption issues, saying that “over the course of 20 years, Latvia has gone through difficult reforms which laid the foundations for democracy and ensured the country’s economic growth. The development of democracy is an ongoing process, as has been seen in the most recent events in Latvia.”

Zatlers added that “as we improve our political culture, we also increase the level of the rule of law in the country,” but he also noted that these changes require long term work and public understanding.
“Economic growth can be ensured if the business environment is transparent and honest,” Zatlers told the audience. “Only then can we ensure that the potential of business is put to full use. We need orderly legal regulations and the belief that they will be implemented effectively if domestic and foreign investors are to feel certain that the business environment is an honest one. That is why Latvia is struggling to ensure that its political environment is more friendly and, thus, more competitive in terms of business and investors.”

A demonstration, the so-called people’s rally referred to as the ‘Oligarchs’ Funeral - Bid Your Oligarch a warm farewell!’ was held on June 8 in Riga with a group of artists and construction workers conducting prep-work - putting together a three-headed ‘deaf, dumb and blind’ monster, which was to eventually be set ablaze. This is symbolic of the people’s refusal to keep their eyes and minds shut to the wrongdoing in Latvia.

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