Gobzems denied security clearance

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MP Aldis Gobzems (independent) has been denied a security clearance to work with state secrets, Gobzems told LTV April 30.

Gobzems had earlier said the Constitution Protection Bureau would deny him the clearance. He said that this happened because others want to get rid of him as a "representative of the new politics and new way of thinking".

He went on Facebook to vent his anger, implying that the bureau's chief Jānis Maizītis had been a member of the Soviet secret service KGB.

"It sends a message from Jānis Maizītis, who didn't want to open the KGB files: don't get into politics, we, the chekists, will find the most absurd reason not to allow it," he wrote. 

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For Gobzems, getting a security clearance was a vital matter when he tried setting up a government following the October 6, 2018 election. The Constitution Protection Bureau said checks could take months, while Gobzems wanted to change the order of granting clearance, vital for taking a government post.

But Gobzems failed to set up a government after acts of bizarre political brinkmanship and was later booted from his own KPV LV party.

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