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    Latvian president leaves matter of citizenship for non-citizen newborns to lawmakers

    RIGA, Sept 13 (LETA) - The Latvian parliament will have to take the decision regarding the proposal to cease the practice of registering newborn babies as Latvia's non-citizens, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis told the press after the meeting with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) today.

    Vejonis said that, under the legislative initiative that he had submitted to the parliament, the status of a non-citizen will no longer be given to the babies born to Latvia's non-citizens after June 1, 2018, but the parents will have to make up their mind about whether they wanted the Latvian citizenship or some other citizenship for their child.

    "The basic idea is to put an end to the consequences of the Soviet time," the Latvian president said, noting that the decision will have to be made by the Latvian parliament. He has not yet thought about what to do if the parliament voted down his proposal.

    Kucinskis pointed out that the ruling coalition partners had signed the coalition agreement under which they had undertaken not to proceed with the initiatives vetoed by one of the coalition partners, if they concerned vital matters, including expanding the range of Latvian citizens.

    The prime minister implied that the ruling coalition was not prepared to risk the collapse of the current government over the breach of the coalition agreement.

    As reported, President Vejonis has proposed to allow children of Latvia's non-citizens to become Latvian citizens at birth, unless their parents choose to give them the citizenship of some other country. He said the time had come in Latvia to cease assigning non-citizen status to non-citizens' offspring. Vejonis believes the move would help develop the Latvian nation as a consolidated society, based on common values.

    The ruling National Alliance opposes the president's initiative and has informed other ruling parties that it will exercise its veto rights. After that, the coalition partners confirmed they will not endorse the president's legislative initiative.

    • Published: 13.09.2017 11:38
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