Latvian Way

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Template:Politics of Latvia Latvian Way (Latvian: Latvijas Ceļš) is a liberal party in Latvia. Latvian Way is member of Liberal International and the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party. It describes itself as "a liberal party defending person's freedom to shape his own life". Its current chairman is Ivars Godmanis.

Latvian Way was founded in 1993, by a group of former activists of Latvian Popular Front and Latvian exiles which had returned to Latvia after it regaining independence. In its first election in 1993, Latvian Way won 32.4% of popular vote and became the leading party in a coalition government. Later, its popularity declined, with 14.6% of votes in 1995 election and 18.0% in 1998. Despite that, Latvian Way remained a powerful force in Latvian politics and was a part of every coalition government in Latvia from July 1993 to November 2002. Four Latvian Way's members were Prime Ministers: Valdis Birkavs (from 1993 to 1994), Māris Gailis (from 1994 to 1995), Vilis Kris<caron>topans (from 1998 to 1999) and Andris Bērziņs<caron> (from 2000 to 2002).

In 2002 general election, it got 4.9% of the vote, just under the 5% needed to secure representation in parliament. After this loss, several politicians left Latvian Way for other parties. Latvian Way regained some ground in European Parliament Election in June 2004 with 6.5% of vote but it is still facing an uncertain future and the difficult task of regaining voter's trust.

See also

External links

de:Lettischer Weg fr:Voie lettonne lv:Latvijas Ceļš

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