New anti-corruption chief approved

Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, on June 15 approved the appointment of a new head of the national anti-corruption bureau, a position that has been fraught with problems for the last decade.

The new anti-graft chief is Jekabs Straume, as previously reported by LSM, and he received cross-party support from 86 of the 100 members, with no-one voting against him.

Prior to his appearance as a candidate for the chief of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) anti-corruption force, Straume was little known but has lengthy experience as an anti-graft investigator with the State Police and is a qualified lawyer.

Without doubt his main immediate challenge will be to put an end to the internecine conflicts within KNAB that have charcterised its work over the last decade. He will also need to secure some high-profile convictions in order to restore public trust in the bureau.

The appointment is for five years.

Straume replaces Jaroslavs Strelcenoks, whose term was not renewed. 

 

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