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People's Party
Tautas partija
Leader Andris Šķēle
Founded 1998
Headquarters Riga
Ideology Conservatism,
Liberal conservatism
International affiliation None
European affiliation European People's Party
European Parliament Group European People's Party (2004-2009)
Official colours Orange
Politics of Latvia
Political parties

The People's Party (Latvian: Tautas partija, TP) is a right-wing political party in Latvia. It describes itself as a conservative party.

Tautas partija was founded in 1998 by Andris Šķēle, a businessman and former prime minister, who was the chairman of the party until 2002. Because of Šķēle's powerful personality, many voters identified the party with its leader during this period. In 2002, Šķēle left politics and Atis Slakteris became the chairman of Tautas partija. At the October 2002 elections the party became the third largest in the Saeima (parliament), winning 16.7% of the vote and 20 seats. In 2004, People's Party member Aigars Kalvītis became prime minister.

At the last legislative elections, on 7 October 2006, the party won 19.49% of the popular vote and 23 out of 100 seats in the Saeima, becoming the largest party in parliament and maintaining its status as leader of the coalition government, with Kalvītis as prime minister. The post of the Prime Minister was lost in 2007, but the party retained its place in the coalition under Ivars Godmanis of the Latvian Way party, and now under Valdis Dombrovskis of the New Era Party.

Tautas partija is a member of the European People's Party (EPP).

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