Saturday, March 27, 2010
“MEIEROVICS SOCIETY FOR PROGRESSIVE CHANGE” FOUNDED
A new society was created in Latvia last week. The name is”The Meierovics Society for Progressive Change”. The 27 persons behind the organization hope that it will be a platform for citizens all over the country to create new ideas, good proposals, and policy guidelines in order to bring needed changes to the Latvian political system.
The founders of the Society have underlined that the new organization is not a political party, nor will it become one, and it will not endorse any party.
The society got its name from Zigfrids Anna Meierovics, who was one of the leading politicians during Latvia’s first time of independence. He was born in 1887 and died in a car accident in 1925. In spite of only living to the age of 38 Meierovics is considered one of Latvia’s leading statesmen.
Meierivics was one of the founders of a political party that long dominated Latvian politics; the Latvian Farmer’s Union. During Latvia’s war of independence he participated in both military battles and diplomatic negotiations. He became Latvia’s first foreign minister from the day independence was created November 19, 1918 until January 1925. Meierovics is credited with achieving Latvia’s international recognition as a sovereign state in 1921. In two periods he also served as prime minister. He is counted as one of Latvia’s founding fathers and was a member of the very first Saeima.
Zigfrids Anna Meierovics believed that Latvia’s destiny was one with that of the Western world. The new Society wants to continue the realization of his vision by helping Latvia become a dynamic, self-assured and respectable 21st century western country.
The chairperson of”The Meierovics Society for Progressive Change” is Sarmite Elerte, former editor of the newspaper DIENA. Ugis Rotbergs, Director of the Latvian World Wildlife Fund, was elected vice-chairman.
The website of ”The Meierovics Society for Progressive Change” can be found at www.lietussargs.lv
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