Court nixes government decision on University of Latvia rector

The chaotic situation at the top of Latvia's pre-eminent educational institution grew further September 30 when the Administrative District Court suspended the Cabinet of Ministers' decision not to approve Indriķis Muižnieks as the University of Latvia rector, reported LETA.

As a result, all legal consequences arising from this decisions are suspended. Gvido Straube loses the position of the acting rector. There is no legal reason to organize a repeat election of the rector, the court explained.

The court said that there is a ground for applying temporary protection because the appealed decision is prima facie illegitimate and it might cause significant damage.

The court ruling is effective immediately.  It may be appealed before the Administrative Regional Court in 14 days.

As previously reported, at the end of August, after prolonged discussions the government decided against re-appointing Indriķis Muižnieks as rector of the University of Latvia based on the Education and Science Ministry’s claims of multiple violations in the rector’s election. The academic community has been at loggerheads ever since the original election took place.

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