Published 23rd August, 2011
Unity or Vienotiba is a centre right party which was formed out of an alliance of three parties on 6th August 2011. Unity describes itself as a centre-right political party.
The three parties comprising Unity stood as an alliance in the October 2010 general election and won 33 seats, making them the largest party in the Saeima, but it was only in 2011 that they decided to join as one party.
The three parties are:
• New Era (Jaunais Laiks or JL), was founded in 2002 by Einars Repše as an anti-corruption party. It was a centre right party and a member of the European People’s Party (EPP). In the 2002 general election, their first, New Era took 26 of the 100 seats in the Saeima and was the largest party. In the 2006 general election JL took 18 seats in the 100 seat parliament. In 2010, as part of the Unity alliance it took 12 seats. It has one seat in the European parliament.
• Civic Union (Pilsoniskā savienība or PS) was founded in 2008 as a centre right or right wing party. It is a member of the EPP and in the 2010 general election took 15 seats as part of the Unity alliance. It has two seats in the European parliament.
• The Society for Political Change (Sabiedrība Citai Politikai or SCP) was founded in 2010 and describes itself as a social liberal party. It took six seats in the 2010 general election as part of the Unity alliance.