Opposition to request Prime Minister's resignation

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Opposition deputy Aldis Gobzems has collected the necessary signatures to request the resignation of Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity), according to Gobzems' Facebook entry April 8.

"[The request] will be submitted to the Saeima Presidium today to be included in the agenda of the Saeima meeting. The request for resignation is related to failure to fulfill Saeima decisions and laws. I shall remind that failure to comply with Saeima decisions and laws is subject to criminal responsibility," said Gobzems, who recently announced the formation of a new party named 'Law and Order'. 


Mēs, Likums un kārtība četri deputāti, esam savākuši nepieciešamos parakstus Kariņa demisijas pieprasījumam. Paldies Zzs...

Posted by Aldis Gobzems on Thursday, April 8, 2021

The Saeima Rules of Procedure stipulate that ten Member signatures are needed to submit a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

The request is signed by independent members of parliament linked to Gobzems'-recently announced 'Law and Order' party including Jūlija Stepaņenko, Karina Sprūde, and Ļubova Švecova as well as Gobzems himself, plus members of the Greens and Farmers Union, Viktors Valainis, Armands Krauze, Edgars Tavars, Uldis Augulis, Jānis Dūklavs, and Janīna Jalinska.

Opposition politician Aldis Gobzems is known for his populistic stance and high activity on social media, especially regarding his views on Covid-19 restrictions. His recent attempt to launch 'Law and Order' hit an early problem when founding member and Saeima deputy Karina Sprūde was fined by Polish customs authorities for failing to declare while transiting Warsaw the purchase of an expensive Rolex watch bought on a recent trip to Switzerland, the purpose of the trip during a pandemic itself prompting further criticism.

However, the initiative to get rid of the Prime Minister seems unlikely to have much chance of success.

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