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    13th Saeima rules on mandates of its 100 lawmakers

    RIGA, Nov 6 (LETA) – The 13th Saeima convened for its first meeting today and ruled on mandates of its 100 lawmakers.

    Each lawmaker took the solemn oath and confirmed it with a signature. Several lawmakers took the oath in Latgalian, which is a variety of the Latvian language, while Janina Kursite-Pakukle (National Alliance) first read the oath in the Liv language and at the invitation of chairwoman of the meeting, Inara Murniece (National Alliance), also took the oath in Latvian.

    The new Saeima during its first meeting also has to elect the Saeima presidium – parliament speaker, two vice speakers, a secretary and deputy secretary.

    Among 100 lawmakers elected to the new Saeima, 66 have been elected to the parliament for the first time.

    The new Saeima will have seven groups – Harmony represented by 23 lawmakers, the New Conservative Party (JKP) with 16 lawmakers, KPV LV with 16 lawmakers, For Development/For with 13 lawmakers, the National Alliance with 13 lawmakers, the Union of Greens and Farmers with 11 lawmakers, and New Unity with eight lawmakers.

    The political parties have not yet reached an agreement on the coalition and government.

    Candidates for the parliament speaker are Dagmara Beitnere-Le Galla (JKP) and former parliament speaker Inara Murniece (National Alliance). Other candidates for positions at the presidium might be Marija Golubeva (For), Andrejs Klemnetjevs (Harmony), Artuss Kaimins (KPV LV), and Gundars Daudze (Greens/Farmers).

    • Published: 06.11.2018 14:22
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