Nils Ušakovs was confirmed by vote for a third four-year term as mayor of Riga June 22.
The minister responsible for negotiating the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union paid a visit to Riga June 22, it emerged after the event.
MP Ilmars Latkovskis has decided to leave the National Alliance's Saeima group, LETA reported on June 22.
The news weeky magazine Ir in June 22 published fresh revelations of collusion among Latvia's cadre of so-called 'oligarchs' to manipulate the political and economic systems of the country for their own gain.
President Raimonds Vejonis has called for the Latvian parliament to change the way the country's president is elected to a direct vote. In addition, Vejonis also wants to expand the powers of higher officials including the President and the Prime Minister, he said on June 22 addressing MPs at the last meeting of the spring parliamentary session.
On June 16 the Latvian president returned controversial amendments to the Credit Institutions Law for parliamentary review after suggesting that politicians were seeking to influence the insolvency process of the Trasta Komercbanka which lost its licence last year for money laundering violations.
Harmony is likely to form a coalition with businessman Rihards Eigims’ Our Party in Latvia’s second largest city Daugavpils, which means that the current mayor Janis Lacplesis will probably lose his job, information obtained by LETA suggests. Later on June 8 Eigims confirmed to LTV that Harmony MP Andrejs Elksnins will become the mayor of Daugavpils
The Latvian Security Police has received over 100 reports about possible violations during the recent local elections, the LETA newswire reported June 5.
Controversial MP Artuss Kaimiņš has had his Facebook account hacked, he told LTV on June 4, after an update was posted saying he was quitting parliament. The news came shortly before the MP was apparently featured in a recording by the Kremlin-controlled Sputnik news agency pretending to be a political rival.
Around 24% of Russians consider Latvia an unfriendly nation, according to a poll published June 5 by the Russia-based Levada think tank.
Latvian officials sent their condolences to the United Kingdom June 4 following what appeared to be yet another terrorist outrage.
Results of local elections released early on June 4 showed that in general the municipal landcsape will remain unchanged for the next four years.
June 3 sees Latvians going to the polls across the country for municipal-level elections.
Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis on June 2 met with the head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis at the Vatican.
11,000 people have signed for making Latvia's presidential election transparent, reported LSM's Latvian-language service.
A total 39,342 or 2.72% of the population eligible for voting cast an early vote in the municipal elections on May 31, according to data by the Central Election Committee.
An existing agreement between Latvia and Lithuania allowing embassies of each country to issue short-stay visas for the other has been extended with several new locations joining the list of offices included.
While June 3 is designated polling day for local elections across Latvia, early voting commences on the evening of May 31. If you are an EU citizen and have been registered in the official population register for at least 90 days, you are entitled to vote too.
President Raimonds Vejonis seized the initiative in the debate about Latvia's lingering 'non-citizens' problem May 31, signalling he will propose legislation to Saeima to give automatic Latvian citizenship to all born in Latvia.
Reports that the amount of rail freight being sent across Latvia to and from Russia have dramatically reduced in volume are not accurate, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis insisted May 30.
Latvia and India are 'very useful, if not perfect partners', particularly in IT and agriculture, according to Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Mobashar Jawed Akbar.
Another bombshell investigation by IT enthusiast blogger Jānis Polis looks into several self-styled news websites linked to Alberts Jodis, an advertising industry figure in Latvia. Many of Jodis' websites, which include a website laying a claim to being a news agency, have one thing in common - they vocally support long-standing Ventspils mayor Aivars Lembergs, often referred to as a leading 'oligarch', ahead of the municipal elections on June 3.
In October 2017, Latvian nationals will be able to apply for personal identity documents in Australia and New Zealand, the Foreign Ministry said May 25.
Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis launched a surprisingly strong critique of the European Commission's representative office in Riga May 24, suggesting that it had in effect gone rogue.
India's Minister of State for External Affairs, Mobashar Jawed Akbar, met officials May 23 on a working visit to Latvia.
Leading Latvian figures offered condolences to the United Kingdom May 23 following a suspected terrorist attack in Manchester in the north of England.
Baltic politics and regional issues were debated May 19 and 20 at a conference in the United States organized by the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC).
A new institution should be established consisting of legal experts, economists, policy experts and historians to analyze whether bills fit the Satversme (Constitution) prior to becoming law, said the newly-elected chairwoman of the Latvian Constitutional Court in an interview with Latvian Radio on May 18.
Svetlana Lonska, a Zumba dancer from Daugavpils, Latvia's second largest city, has posted her manifesto for upcoming municipal elections in the form of an eye-catching video inviting people to vote for her.