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    Suplinska survives no confidence vote in Saeima

    RIGA, Oct 10 (LETA) - Most Saeima members today voted against a no confidence motion against Education and Science Minister Ilga Suplinska (New Conservative Party), allowing her to keep her office. 

    The no confidence motion was supported by 32 lawmakers, while 51 votes were cast against it.

    The vote in Saeima was held after the Union of Greens and Farmers group in the parliament demanded Suplinska's resignation and non-partisan lawmakers joined the no confidence motion. 

    Addressing the parliament, Suplinska indicated that her priorities as education and science minister concerned the quality and accessibility of education, reforming the administration of scientific research and changing the sports financing and administration system. 

    The minister argued that in order to ensure greater well-being and wages for teachers other issues have to be fixed as well, and that local governments have an essential role to play in ensuring this. Suplinska also admitted that the budget is not big enough to finance all needs.

    As reported, the Union of Greens and Farmers decided to demand Suplinska's resignation after the Administrative District Court's ruling suspending the Cabinet of Ministers decision not to approve Indrikis Muiznieks as rector of the University of Latvia.

    Greens/Farmers' press secretary Dace Karklina informed LETA that the party's board, after an analysis of the education and science minister's statements and actions during the past few months, believes that the minister "has not only demonstrated incompetence and unwillingness to cooperate with industry representatives, but also undermined the University of Latvia's reputation." As a result, the Greens/Farmers' board has decided to submit to Saeima a motion of no confidence in Suplinska.

    Greens/Farmers also remind that the party previously opposed Suplinska's proposal to cut state financing for free school lunches for students in grades 1 to 4.

    "Education and science is one of the key priorities in any developed country. Major reforms have also been undertaken in Latvia in recent years to improve the quality of education and access to knowledge and skills that meet the current requirements. The minister, in proposing poorly thought out initiatives, without discussing them with society and experts, is jeopardizing these reforms. It would be best for Suplinska to resign before the vote of confidence, because every day she spends in the job could cause significant damage to the education and science sectors," said Greens/Farmers chairman Edgars Tavars.

    • Published: 10.10.2019 12:58
    • Anastasija Tetarenko, LETA
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