Ieva Akuratere takes up Saeima mandate

Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, gained a new face March 17 with Ieva Akuratere taking up her position as a deputy.

Akuratere, a well-known singer and musician, gave the solemn deputy's oath and signed her name, to a round of applause from her new colleagues. 

Akuratere takes up the mandate laid aside by Conservative party colleague Juris Jurašs, who has left to aid Ukraine in its defense against Russian invasion, as previously reported by LSM.

The new Saeima deputy, born in 1958, started her professional career as an actress before finding national fame as the soloist of legendary musical group Pērkons.

She entered the political fray in 2009 with the newly-formed Civic Union political party as a Rīga City Councillor. The Civic Union eventually merged with the Unity political party, whom she also represented, before switching her support to another new party, the New Conservatives, now renamed as simply the Conservatives. 

Though Akuratere's presence certainly adds celebrity power to the Saeima, it's far from unusual for musicians to find a parallel career in the Saeima, the most famous example being legendary Latvian composer and performer Raimonds Pauls, who was a deputy in the 7th, 8th and 9th Saeimas.

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