Gobzems would need additional vetting for security clearance

MP Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) can receive the security clearance necessary for accessing state secrets, whereas Aldis Gobzems (KPV LV) would have to undergo additional vetting to receive such a clearance, LETA was told at the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB).

SAB spokeswoman Iveta Maura confirmed that the bureau has completed the preliminary vetting of two candidates for Latvia's next prime minister who had already been issued security clearances for access to state secrets.

Such clearances had been issued to Pabriks and Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party) who have served as ministers of defense and justice in the past.

"The result of the examination was positive, namely, these candidates can be granted the special clearances," the SAB representative said,

The third candidate for prime minister, Aldis Gobzems, will need additional vetting, as he has never received such a security clearance before, said Maura.

SAB has informed President Raimonds Vejonis about the situation.

As reported, Vejonis met with Pabriks and Gobzems at the Riga Castle on November 20.

President Vejonis is planning to meet all political parties represented in the 13th Saeima before nominating the next prime minister.

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