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    Grigule refuses to reveal who sponsored her election campaign; suspected of cheating state

    RIGA, May 27 (LETA) - Saeima Member Iveta Grigule's (Union of Greens and Farmers) controversial European Parliament election campaign, which has caused a considerable stir amongst the public, has cost her EUR 150,000, the politician herself told Latvian Television by phone last night during a special television discussion between newly elected European Parliament members from Latvia - which she did not attend.

    Grigule, who ignored debate during the campaign and avoided the media, believes that without her election campaign, the Greens/Farmers would not have gained a seat in the European Parliament.

    Asked about the specific costs, Grigule pointed out that they ''were certainly not even close to the most expensive'', and said approximately EUR 150,000.

    Grigule also refrained from answering a question about who sponsored her campaign, and instead had an odd comment about the host of the TV discussion, Inga Springe: ''Inga, you invited me as a friend on social-networking web-sites today. This means we are friends, are we not?'', said Grigule, after she was asked who sponsored her campaign.

    Co-host Janis Geste repeatedly pushed Grigule to answer who sponsored her election campaign, and she reacted to this by rambling on (including a thank you to voters) - then abruptly hanging up.

    Meanwhile, the investigative TV3 news program ''Neka Personiga'' reported Sunday evening that it is likely that Grigule has been cheating transportation compensation from the state during her time at Saeima.

    According to the report, Grigule has declared her permanent residence in Ogre Region, thus receiving a monthly transportation compensation of EUR 522 allocated to MPs who do not live in Riga and the vicinity. However, it is believed that she has been actually living all this time in one of her other properties in Marupe, on the outskirts of Riga.

    "Catching'' Grigule ''red-handed'' at the gates of her property in Marupe last week, Grigule told the TV3 news team that she does not see anything wrong with her actions, and that she actually receives ''too little'' money for her European Parliament election campaign.

    Furthermore, the news program also reported that Grigule has not participated in any Saeima sessions since April 10, pointing out that she has likely been ignoring her work in parliament in favor of her European Parliament election campaign. Meanwhile, Grigule herself told ''Neka Personiga'' that she has been ill.

    As reported, Unity has convincingly won the European Parliament elections in Latvia, according to the Central Election Commission's preliminary results.

    According to the Election Commission, Unity has taken 46.19 percent of the vote, All For Latvia-For Fatherland And Freedom/LNNK (VL-TB/LNNK) - 14.25 percent, Harmony - 13.04 percent, Greens/Farmers - 8.26 percent, Russian Union of Latvia - 6.38 percent of the vote.

    Therefore, Unity's representatives in the EP will be ex-Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and former Defense Minister Artis Pabriks, as well as the current MEPs Sandra Kalniete and Krisjanis Karins. Harmony's representative in the EP will probably be journalist Andrejs Mamikins, Greens/Farmers - Saeima member Iveta Grigule, VL-TB/LNNK - the current MEP Roberts Zile, and the Russians' Union - the current MEP Tatjana Zdanoka.

    • Published: 27.05.2014 16:09
    • Zane Stankeviča, LETA
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