President picks his party planners

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis has established a Centenary Council to monitor the way the nation celebrates its 100th birthday, the President's press service announced Monday.

The Centenary Council consists of former Presidents Guntis Ulmanis, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Valdis Zatlers and Andris Berzins - as well as Saeima speaker Inara Mūrniece, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and Minister of Culture Dace Melbārde. 

Though the Ministry of Culture will continue to organize official events linked to Latvia's centenary in 2018 the Centenary Council will meet "several times a year".

Its role will be to "monitor the ideological orientation of celebration plans" and members will "offer their suggestions". 

Centenary planners should "seize the opportunity to remind the whole world about our country and people," Vējonis said.

"The celebration of the nation's founding in a few years is a unique and significant event that will remind us of the core values of November 18, 1918," he added.

Talking to former presidents about the whole thing would be of "great benefit" he said.

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