Latvian MP volunteering in Ukraine gives up deputy mandate

The Saeima deputy Juris Jurašs (Conservatives) who has voluntarily gone to defend Ukraine, has given up his deputy mandate, Latvian Television reported March 14.

In accordance with the election results, the singer Ieva Akuratere should replace him in the Saeima, however, it is not yet known officially.

Jurašs was a former senior official with Latvia's specialist anti-graft police force, KNAB, and rose to prominence after blowing the whistle on what he said were attempts to pervert the course of justice via large-scale bribes. He subsequently launched a political career with the New Conservative party (recently renamed as the Conservatives) on an anti-corruption platform. He took up a Saeima mandate in 2018.

Latvian citizens are allowed to voluntarily fight for Ukraine as part of the the International Territorial Defense Legion of Ukraine. In order to register with the International Territorial Defense Legion, volunteers can apply to their nearest Ukrainian Embassy.

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