Saeima declines proposal of mandatory higher education for MPs

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On Thursday, February 9, the Saeima rejected a collective initiative proposing a mandatory requirement of higher education for Saeima deputies, LETA reported.

Previously, the Saeima Mandate, Ethics, and Submissions Committee decided not to move the citizens' initiative for viewing in the parliament but called for further discussions on improving the quality of parliament's work.

MPs in the committee stated that voters should have the right to choose which people will represent them. It was also noted at the meeting of the Committee that higher education in one area does not give the parliament a higher education level knowledge of all other sectors, on which issues are being decided by the Saeima.

10,000 signatures on higher education requirement for MPs were collected in the “Manabalss.lv” public initiative portal.

According to the authors of the initiative, the knowledge of the parliamentary candidates regarding state legislation and the work of the Saeima are not being checked. Therefore, persons who lack understanding of the work of the Members and their importance may become a Saeima deputy. To address this, the initiative proposed to set a minimum level of education for candidates.

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