Member of the European parliament and leader of the Latvian Russian Union party, Tatjana Zdanoka has turned to the Constitutional Court with a petition contesting restrictions on Soviet and communist activists' participation in Saeima elections, LETA reported October 20.
On 17 October, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers made a decision on the appointment of two Latvian civilian experts to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release.
Economics Minister Arvils Ašeradens, who announced last week he is stepping down from his position in an attempt to revive the fortunes of his Vienotiba (Unity) political party, will in fact stay on for a while -- probably until the end of November.
Economics Minister Arvils Ašeradens confirmed October 11 he intends to leave his current position in order to concentrate on trying to revive the fortunes of the Vienotiba (Unity) party of which he is leader.
Latvia's popular mobile passport office will be back in action in the Antipodes this month.
In a significant development October 9, Riga mayor and Saskaņa (Harmony) party leader Nils Ušakovs said his party was cancelling its long-time cooperation agreement with Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.
President Raimonds Vejonis on October 5 handed Latvia's top state decoration, the Order of the Three Stars, to Ireland's European Commissioner, Phil Hogan.
The Latvian parliament, the Saeima, on October 5 gave preliminary approval to a law that would outlaw sarcastic, satirical or potentially even criminally tuneless renditions of the Latvian national anthem, Dievs, svētī Latviju.
With a good deal of the world's attention focused on the nuclear stand-off between North Korea and the United States, Latvia is set to play a supporting role next year when it takes over the chairmanship of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, an international organization that aims to regulate the import and export of nuclear materials around the globe to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation.
Latvia's new ambassador to the Russian Federation, Māris Riekstiņš, received his accreditation from Russian President Vladimir Putin inside the Kremlin October 3.
Latvian officials sent condolences to their counterparts in the United States October 2 following an appalling massacre in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The annual Riga Conference wrapped up September 30 with a 'Gala reception' in the historic Small Guild in Riga's Old Town, but while the guests enjoyed the hospitality, the organizers of the two-day talking shop were busy clearing up at the national library and putting the whole thing online.
Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin was on a visit in Riga on September 29.
Another new political party has been formed ahead of parliamentary elections in a year's time, the LETA newswire reported September 22.
Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis addressed the main annual gathering of heads of state at the United Nations in New York September 20.
Organizers of the annual Riga Conference have published the program for this year's get-together at the Latvian National Library on September 29-30.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with Sushma Swaraj, the Minister of External Affairs of India 18 September, to discuss political and economic cooperation and ask that India open a Latvian embassy.
On September 18 a public initiative signed by 11,200 Latvian residents will be submitted to the parliament, said public initiative site Manabalss.lv representative Annija Emersone. It aims to eliminate the unusual practice of allowing Saeima lawmakers to abstain from voting, in addition to the option of simply not participating in a given vote.
Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and the current government were put on a collision course September 12 with the president submitting proposals to parliament even though a member of the three-party ruling coalition said they would veto the proposals.
The annual 'state of the the union' speech by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will be broadcast live by LTV September 13, and you will be able to watch it live online too.
Former Prime Minister and current MP Laimdota Straujuma might retire from politics, she said appearing on LTV on September 11.
Latvia's ambassador to France, Imants Liegis, has joined forces with his colleagues representing Estonia and Lithuania in writing to renowned French newspaper Le Monde.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias paid a visit to Latvia September 6, fitting in a series of meetings.
Councilors at Daugavpils on September 2 voted for dismissing Andrejs Elksnins, the mayor of Latvia's second largest city. Later that same day Rihards Eigims (Our Party) was made the new mayor with ten votes to five.
Latvia has a new ambassador in place in key partner Germany after Inga Skujiņa presented her credentials to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 29 August in Berlin.
On August 29 MP Ilze Viņķele (Unity) posted a blog entry saying she'll be stepping down as a member of the Latvian parliament (Saeima).
A new political party came into being in Latvia August 26, featuring several established politicians and an array of new faces.
Three Our Party councilors at Daugavpils, Latvia's second-largest city, signed a new coalition agreement with the Latgale Party, reports LETA. Furthermore, councilors have also asked to convene an extraordinary meeting on ousting incumbent city mayor Andrejs Elksnins.