Saeima lifts administrative immunity for MPs

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On Thursday the Latvian parliament voted to lift administrative immunity for MPs in the final reading.

87 MPs voted 'for' the proposal. None abstained or voted against.

It means no parliamentary consent is now necessary for holding MPs responsible for administrative violations.

The amendments were proposed by the Latvian Association of Regions, an opposition party.

Saeima told that, according to Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption, administrative immunity is too wide-encompassing and useless in a democratic society. Immunity against petty offenses should not be granted. 

The Saeima mandate and ethics committee will continue, in plenary sessions, to inform the parliament and concurrently the people about MPs' administrative offenses.

Permission of the parliament will still be required to criminally prosecute Latvia's MPs.

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