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    Ruling parties back proposal to ban former KGB agents from running in general elections in Latvia

    RIGA, Feb 12 (LETA) - The ruling coalition parties at the meeting today upheld the proposal by the National Alliance to ban also former KGB agents and informers from running in the general elections in Latvia.

    The deputy chairman of the National Alliance, Janis Dombrava, and Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) announced this to the press after the meeting of the ruling coalition parties on Monday.

    Under the effective Latvian law, persons, who were the staff members of the Soviet Union or foreign security, intelligence or counterintelligence services, are banned from running in the elections but under the proposal the ban will be extended also to the agents and informers of the former Soviet secret service KGB.

    As reported, the Latvian parliament in early February sent to the committees for review a similar proposal about banning former KGB agents and informers from running in the local elections. The objective of the proposed legislative amendments is to protect the democratic government, national security and territorial integrity of Latvia, said the authors of the bill, mostly the lawmakers of the National Alliance.

    • Published: 12.02.2018 18:41
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