Vējonis to the new Saeima: The founders built Latvia from ruins within 4 years

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The newly-elected 13th Saeima has to confirm that Latvia has one law and justice for all, said Latvia's President Raimonds Vējonis addressing the incoming parliament which on November 6 is convening for the first time.

"Two thirds of the 13th Saeima deputees are giving their oath for the first time. This is a chance to create, starting from this very day, a new culture of political discussion and lawmaking," he said.

"The public expect you to do selfless work to encourage the growth of our democratic country and achieve real improvement. There is no one else to do this work for you.

"The future of our state and our children is the only interest you have to stand for every day. Starting today, you are working for the good of the entire Latvian people. You represent the entire public in all its diversity and not only your electorate," said Vējonis. 

The president urged the 13th Saeima to continue work on defense and find ways to improve the legal system. He also stressed that financial security should be enhanced and anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing measures be improved. The new Saeima also has to begin work on the new National Development Plan in a timely manner. 

Taking on a poignant note in the conclusion of his speech, the president recalled the first four years of the Latvian state when the parliamentarians built state institutions and an army in the aftermath of the First World War; the country's first MPs also managed to adopt a Constitution and achieve international recognition.

"You are the first Saeima of Latvia's second century. May the work of the founders serve to you as an example that it's possible to achieve very much within four years. Use this time to honorably serve the future of our state and our children," said Vējonis.

The first meeting of the 13th Saeima is taking place on November 6.

At this time, parliament is expected to elect vote counters as well as a temporary Mandates, Ethics and Submissions Committee.

Committee members review complaints about the election, should any be submitted to the Central Election Committee. It likewise prepares a memo to the Saeima about confirming incoming MPs. 

Afterwards, newly-elected MPs give an oath, which they sign.

The Saeima then elects the Praesidium. It consists of the Saeima Speaker -- an official who represents the Saeima and also acts as the interim president should he or she be abroad or sick -- and two assistants, as well as the Saeima Secretary and the secretary's assistant.

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