Honorary degrees for politicians, businessman

The Latvian University of Agriculture is to hand out honorary doctorates to three people, the Zemgales Zinas website has reported.

Former Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, the chairman of the state-owned forestry concern Roberts Strīpnieks and -- more controversially -- embattled Agriculture Minister Jānis Dūklavs (currently at the center of oligarchic and dog food scandals) are all to be awarded the honors at Jelgava Palace June 30, though Dūklavs will not attend in person.

The ceremony will form part of the launch of the new academic year.

All three awardees are graduates of the agricultural university, located in a baroque palace in Jelgava. Honorary doctoral degrees have been awarded annually since 1992.

 

 

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