Saeima commission to probe government Covid decision-making

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The Saeima on April 8, at the proposal of opposition lawmakers, made a decision to set up parliamentary ad hoc commission to investigate mistakes made by the Latvian government during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The commission will work for six months, the LETA news agency said.

LETA learned from opposition MP Viktors Valainis (Greens/Farmers) that 36 opposition lawmakers signed the proposal on setting up the ad hoc commission. A commission can be set up if the initiative is signed by more than one third of the 100 lawmakers in parliament.

The initiative has been signed by lawmakers of the Union of Greens and Farmers, Harmony and independent lawmakers, Valainis reported.

The politician said that the commission plans to investigate a number of issues, including procurement of masks, procurement and failure to purchase vaccines, and others.

In accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Saeima, a parliamentary investigation commission has the right to invite and hear any person, including private persons, and, if necessary, to conduct audits of government, local government and private institutions and companies, if they directly or indirectly receive state funds.

The establishment of the commission will also likely be a useful tool for opposition parties in the run-up to June's local government elections on June 5 if it can showcase failures by the ruling coalition parties.

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