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Politicians question Latvian election body's transparency
Politicians question Latvian election body's transparency
Representatives of several parties in the Central Election Commission (CVK) are in disagreement with the decision of its head Kristīne Saulīte to entrust the collection of votes cast in the European Parliament (EP) elections to only two IT specialists, thus making the process opaque for the commission members, CVK member Ringolds Balodis told Latvian Television June 9.
Ukrainians in Latvia mark Vyshyvanka Day
Ukrainians in Latvia mark Vyshyvanka Day
"Not just Vyshyvanka Day!" - this is the name given to the Ukrainian community march and charity event that took place in Riga on Thursday. Ukrainians from all over Latvia gathered for a united march on the occasion of World Vyshyvanka Day, Latvian Television reports.
Rail Baltica bridge construction moves forward
Rail Baltica bridge construction moves forward
On Friday, April 12, concrete work began on the first bridge abutment on the Daugava. The outline of the new Rail Baltica bridge over the Daugava should be visible in a year's time, Latvian Television reported.
More Russians could be required to pass Latvian language test
More Russians could be required to pass Latvian language test
Several thousand more Russian citizens in Latvia could be required to pass a Latvian language exam. These are the persons who received a permanent residence permit in Latvia in 1992. The Saeima will begin to view the relevant amendments this week, Latvian Television reported.
Rīga mulls football stadium on Lucavsala island
Rīga mulls football stadium on Lucavsala island
Riga City Council (RD) will soon have to decide whether to build a national football stadium in Lucavsala. More than 10 hectares of land has already been supported for the purpose by the responsible local government committee, Latvian Radio reported on April 4.
LTV: Reshuffle possible in Latvian government
LTV: Reshuffle possible in Latvian government
The current Minister of Justice Inese Lībiņa-Egnere (New Unity) could be nominated for the post of the vacant Foreign Minister, according to unofficial information available to Latvian Television (LTV).
Baltic states to carry out joint audit of Rail Baltica
Baltic states to carry out joint audit of Rail Baltica
Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have signed a cooperation agreement on audit in the implementation and financing of the Rail Baltica project. Each of the three Baltic States will appoint the national auditors, Latvian Television reported on Monday.
New Unity loses one of its Saeima seats
New Unity loses one of its Saeima seats
The Saeima faction of the Jaunā Vienotība (New Unity) party has seen its strength reduced amid internal strife, according to a report from Latvian Television.
Relocation of writer, politician Vilis Lācis' monument considered
Relocation of writer, politician Vilis Lācis' monument considered
Riga councilors are considering reorienting or moving the writer Vilis Lācis' Monument in Meža Cemetery. Originally the monument was installed with only one purpose – obscuring the view of the monument of the first President of Latvia, Jānis Čakste, Latvian Television reported November 12.
Occupation museum calls to light up 'corner house' in Rīga
Occupation museum calls to light up 'corner house' in Rīga
The darkest time of the year in Latvia is also the time of the festival of light and freedom. The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia invites the public to light up the dark 'corner house' and commemorate those who once sacrificed freedom on behalf of Latvia by donating a flashlight that will be placed in the windows of the building from November 11 to 18.
Plan to close six railway stations dropped
Plan to close six railway stations dropped
The Council of Public Transport has decided not to close six train stations next year as previously planned – Cena, Kūdra, Dārziņi, Rumbula, Kaibala, and Inčupe, Latvian Television reported on Monday, October 30. Such a conception previously triggered objections from locals.
ZZS plans to continue cooperation with Lembergs
ZZS plans to continue cooperation with Lembergs
The Union of Greens and Farmers will not refuse cooperation with Aivars Lembergs, head of "For Latvia and Ventspils" party, after a prison sentence in the second court instance. The party says the court's verdict has not yet entered into force and can be appealed, Latvian Television reported September 27.
Former ministers return to parliament chairs
Former ministers return to parliament chairs
With the approval of the new government, the composition of the 14th Saeima is also changing as of September 20. Several former ministers have returned to work in Parliament, but the mandate of the Saeima deputy was lost by politicians approved for ministerial posts.
Saeima to shuffle the pack in committees and presidium
Saeima to shuffle the pack in committees and presidium
With the approval of the new government, changes can be expected not only at ministries but also in the composition of Saeima committees on different subjects, the Presidium which is responsible for governing the work of the the Saeima (parliament), and in the faces visible in the debating chamber itself.
'Honor to Serve Rīga' to cooperate with ZZS
'Honor to Serve Rīga' to cooperate with ZZS
The Rīga municipal “Honor to serve Rīga” party (GKR) has decided to cooperate with the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) potentially represented in the coalition of the future government, Latvian Television reported on September 6.
Future coalition begins dividing ministerial posts
Future coalition begins dividing ministerial posts
With the future government of New Unity with the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) and Progressives, not only ministers will change, but also Saeima officials – from committee leaders to the Speaker of the Parliament, who could be a ZZS politician, reports Latvian Television on September 5.
Evika Siliņa is New Unity's party pick for PM(update)
Evika Siliņa is New Unity's party pick for PM(update)
Following the decision of the current Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity party) to resign, his party has nominated current Minister of Welfare, Evika Siliņa, to fill the post of Prime Minister, reported Latvian Television August 16.
Coalition parties meet for crunch talks
Coalition parties meet for crunch talks
After months of on-off negotiations between the three parties in Latvia's current ruling coalition – New Unity, the National Alliance and the United List – Friday sees all three gathering around a table for what could be a decisive meeting.
Vice Mayor Ķirsis might be candidate for Rīga mayor
Vice Mayor Ķirsis might be candidate for Rīga mayor
More than a month after Mārtiņš Staķis left the position of Rīga mayor, a vote on the election of the next one is scheduled for next week. Although no candidate has been officially announced, the councilors confirmed that it is planned to move the acting mayor, former vice mayor Vilnis Ķirsis, Latvian Television reported August 10.
No agreement on reducing number of Rīga's 'vice mayors'
No agreement on reducing number of Rīga's 'vice mayors'
Bilateral negotiations between the National Alliance/Latvian Regional Alliance (NA/LRA) and "Par/Progressive" factions of the Riga City Council have failed to come to any agreement on reducing the number of current Riga 'vice mayors' (deputy mayors), reports Latvian Television and Latvian Radio. 
Health experts expect alcohol restriction laws in Latvia
Health experts expect alcohol restriction laws in Latvia
In the autumn, the Latvian Saeima will decide whether to set more stringent procedures for the purchase of alcohol. Health experts say there is no time to waste in the matter, Latvian Television reported on July 22.
Progressives offer changing Rīga City Council leadership model
Progressives offer changing Rīga City Council leadership model
There should be only one vice mayor in Riga City Council, as well as a change in the political leadership in the field of transport and traffic, said Justīne Panteļējeva, co-chair of Progressives party, after a meeting on the formation of a new coalition in the Rīga City Council on Tuesday, July 18.