Muižnieks goes to court after not being reappointed as University of Latvia rector

A row over who's going to be the next University of Latvia rector has advanced at the start of the new academic year as Indriķis Muižnieks has gone to court over the Cabinet of Ministers decision not to reappoint him at the post.

Muižnieks said he's also about to submit another request to the court, asking it to bar any other rector from being elected during legal proceedings, reported Latvian Radio August 29.

"I have made a submission to the Administrative District Court asking it to lift the unfavorable administrative act over not approving me at the post, seeing as it did not have a legal basis. That is, the arguments put forth in the Cabinet of Ministers decision do not fit with the requirements and permissions of the Law on Higher Education Institutions," he said. 

Muižnieks said that this should not affect the studies of the students at the University of Latvia, as everything should go according to plan as the new academic year starts.

As reported, on August 27 the Cabinet of Ministers decided not approve Indriķis Muižnieks to continue in his position as Rector of the University of Latvia.

The Government appointed Professor and former Dean of the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the University of Latvia Gvido Straube as acting rector.

The reappointment of Muižnieks has become controversial within academic and political circles following allegations of irregularities in the process of his election. The University and Muižnieks himself deny any wrongdoing or that any rules were broken, and various voices have suggested the appointment of a new rector has become politicized.

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