Four MPs still without a Covid-19 certificate in Latvia

Six members of the Latvian parliament had still not presented a Covid-19 certificate of vaccination or recovery, Latvian Television reported early November 15, revising the figure to four soon afterwards when two deputies did present Covid certificates.

Certificates were reportedly missing for Jūlija Stepaņenko (Latvia First), Romāns Naudiņš (National Alliance), Vladimirs Nikonovs (Harmony), Karīna Sprūde (Independent), Aldis Gobzems (Independent), and the former Harmony deputy, now an independent, Jānis Ādamsons who is currently in custody as part of an espionage case.

However, it was then revealed that Gobzems and Sprūde had presented certificates of recovery from Covid-19, while Nikonovs is set to receive his second vaccination on November 16.

The remaining four deputies are consequently banned from participation in the Saeima sittings both in person and remotely until a Covid-19 certificate is presented.

In municipal government, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) estimates that on November 15, 758 local government deputies or 92% have a Covid-19 vaccination or disease certificate. Those that do not will see their mandates pass to the next person on their party election list who does have a certificate.

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