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Social Democratic Party "Harmony"

Social Democratic Party "Harmony"
Leader Jānis Urbanovičs
Founded 2009
Headquarters Riga
Ideology Social democracy,[1]
Russian minority politics[1]
International affiliation Progressive Alliance
European affiliation Party of European Socialists (observer)
European Parliament group Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Colours Red
Saeima
24 / 100
European Parliament
1 / 8
Website
saskana.info
Politics of Latvia
Political parties
Elections

The Social Democratic Party "Harmony", officially translated as Social Democratic Party "Concord", (Latvian: Sociāldemokrātiskā Partija "Saskaņa", SDPS, Russian: Социал-демократическая партия «Согласие») commonly referred to as Harmony, is a social democratic political party in Latvia. The party was founded in 2010 as the merger of the National Harmony Party with New Centre and the Social Democratic Party. Each was already a part of the electoral alliance Harmony Centre. The alliance also included the post-communist Socialist Party of Latvia. The Daugavpils City Party merged into the party in 2011.[2]

Since early 2010 it's chairman has been Jānis Urbanovičs. In the Saeima the party has 24 out of 100 seats after polling 23% of the vote at the 2014 parliamentary election. It's parliamentary group is therefore the largest among the six groups in the Latvian Parliament, and the leading opposition group. Internationally, Harmony has observer status in the Party of European Socialists and it's MEP sits in the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament.

It is currently the ruling party on the Riga City Council. The Chairman of the 'Harmony Centre' electoral alliance was party member Nils Ušakovs, the current mayor of Riga and party candidate for the office of Prime Minister of Latvia in 2014.

The party is centre-left and identifies with the core values of equality, justice and solidarity. It believes that a fair society is created through moderating the free market with democratic political means. It advocates human rights, equal opportunity, protection of national minorities, opposes discrimination of any kind and supports political and ideological pluralism.

The party is a member of the Progressive Alliance[3] and observer affiliate of the Party of European Socialists (PES).[4]

Contents

  • Election results 1
    • Parliament (Saeima) 1.1
    • European Parliament 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Election results

Parliament (Saeima)

Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Notes
2010 251,397 26.6
24 / 100
  1. 1
2011 259,930 28.4
28 / 100
Increase 4
  1. 2
2014 209,887 23.0
24 / 100
Decrease 4
  1. 1 Harmony Centre list won 29 seats - 4 went to SPL - 1 to DCP
  1. 2 Harmony Centre list won 31 seats - 3 went to the SPL

European Parliament

Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2014 57,863 13.0 (#3)
1 / 8

References

  1. ^ a b "Parties and Elections in Europe, "Latvia", The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck". Parties & Elections. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.delfi.lv/news/national/politics/daugavpils-partija-ieklaujas-saskana-sc-veidos-divi-speki.d?id=36390563
  3. ^ http://progressive-alliance.info/participants/
  4. ^ http://www.pes.eu/soci_ldemokr_tisk_partija_saska_a

External links

  • Official website (Latvian) (Russian)
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