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For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK
Sat, 2017-Dec-16 00:15 UTC
Length - 2:55


Welcome to random Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of a random Wikipedia page every day.

The random article for Saturday, 16 December 2017 is For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK.

For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK (Latvian: Tēvzemei un Brīvībai/LNNK, abbreviated to TB/LNNK) was a free market national conservative political party in Latvia. In 2011 it dissolved and merged into the National Alliance.

The party was founded from smaller groups in 1993 as 'For Fatherland and Freedom' (TB), with a focus on promoting the Latvian language and putting a cap on naturalisation of Latvian Non-citizens. It won six Saeima seats in its first year, and 14 in 1995, when it entered the governing centre-right coalition. It merged with the moderate Latvian National Independence Movement (LNNK) in 1997, and moved its emphasis to economic liberalisation. TB/LNNK's then-leader, Guntars Krasts, was Prime Minister from 1997 to 1998. It remained in government until 2004, and again from 2006.

Initially from the nationalist right, the party become more moderate after the 1997 merger. It also shifted from supporting economic interventionism to the free market. A predominantly ethnic Latvian party, the party's support base was university-educated, middle class, and concentrated in Riga. The party was soft eurosceptic, and was a member of the anti-federalist Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists. Its only MEP, party leader Roberts Zīle, sat with the ECR group in the European Parliament. It caused controversy with its commemoration of Latvian Legion Day.

For the 2010 parliamentary election, the party formed an alliance with far right nationalist All For Latvia!. In July 2011, both parties merged into a unitary party, bearing the name National Alliance.

This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 00:15 UTC on Saturday, 16 December 2017.

For the full current version of the article, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_Fatherland_and_Freedom/LNNK.

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