Saeima to consider lifting compensations for non-reelected MPs

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An initiative on the public initiative portal has collected more than 10,000 signatures over lifting compensations for incumbent MPs not reelected into the next Saeima, reported Latvian Radio November 14.

This means that the Saeima will have to review the initiative officially.

Currently, Saeima deputees receive a compensation equivalent to three months' pay, plus any extras for the remunerated official duties they perform at the parliament.

About €435,000 is to be paid in compensations to outgoing MPs of the 12th Saeima.

The author of the initiative, Jana Kukaine, said that MPs already enjoy too many privileges including a number of compensations, and that MPs know they can count on having work for just four years after being elected.

In other news, an initiative by the New Conservative Party to ban gambling halls across Latvia has also collected 10,000 signatures on 

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