Jaunais laiks support group creates Web site

A new Web site based in Chicago, velesanas.com, has been established by supporters of the Jaunais laiks (New Era) party to raise awareness of the Oct. 7 parliamentary election in Latvia.

“Many Latvian citizens who live outside of Latvia have expressed that they lack enough information to make an informed choice regarding the 19 slates of candidates,” Editor Artis Inka said in an Aug. 27 press release.

The Latvian-language site offers information about the election process outside of Latvia, including how to vote by mail. The site also offers background on Jaunais laiks. The party is fielding a total of 86 candidates, according to the Central Election Commission in Rīga.

The site is run by Artis Inka and his brother, Aivars, but other members of the Chicago support group of Jaunais laiks offer material and advice, the editor said.

Jaunais laiks has support groups in three countries outside of Latvia—three in the United States and one each in Canada and Ireland.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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