Latvia's richest - and most indebted - mayors revealed

Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs, Liepaja Mayor Uldis Sesks, and the Baldone Region Council Chairman Andrejs Pozarnovs are the highest-paid municipal leaders in Latvia, according to the State Revenue Service's data based on municipal leaders' declarations for 2016.

Acting president signs controversial credit bill into law

Saeima Chairwoman Inara Murniece (National Alliance), who is standing in for President Raimonds Vejonis until August 10, has promulgated controversial amendments to the Law on Credit Institutions that Vejonis earlier returned to the parliament for revision.

Baltic leaders to meet Pence on Monday

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence who is to arrive on a two-day visit to Tallinn on Sunday will meet with presidents of the three Baltic countries on Monday.

High-profile figures found new political movement

A group of notable Latvians including former economics minister Daniels Pavļuts, political scientist Marija Golubeva, and businessman Martins Stakis on July 26 signed a manifesto for establishing a new political movement PAR! (FOR!). 

Potential new Unity leader threatens to leave

Edvards Smiltens, vice-chairman of the Unity party, today stepped down from the position of the deputy head of the Saeima faction and suspended his candidacy from upcoming election of the party’s chairman, according to an entry he posted on Facebook.

PM urges restraint on 'oligarch transcripts'

The anti-graft authority should review the so-called 'oligarch case' and interrogate the people involved, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) told the Ir.lv weekly in an interview published July 20. He however urged caution in judging the participants' and advocated a legal solution. 

Five MPs leave Unity party

Ints Dalderis, Ilze Vinkele, Lolita Cigane, Andrejs Judins and Aleksejs Loskutovs on July 17 wrote applications to terminate their membership in Unity, the party’s secretary general Artis Kampars told LETA.

Change of leadership brewing in Unity

The leading Unity party should announce a congress to pick a new leader, said the party's current head Andris Piebalgs appearing on Latvian Television on July 17.

NGO calls for sacking Transport, Agriculture Ministers

Delna, the Latvian branch of Transparency International, has called for the Prime Minister to sack Transport Minister Uldis Augulis and Agriculture Minister Jānis Dūklavs (both Greens and Farmers Union) and, together with President Raimonds Vejonis, to publish case materials and assume responsibility for the investigation following the 'oligarch transcript' leaks by the Ir weekly. 

Honest parliamentary vote for president rejected

The Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) political party on July 10 rejected a proposal by the Unity party to have the Latvian president elected in an open vote in the parliament, Edvards Smiltens, the deputy chairman of the Unity, told the press after the meeting of the ruling coalition parties.