President Raimonds Vējonis has promulgated three key laws, first, on the publication of formerly secret KGB records, secondly on the regulation of the market for "instant loans" and thirdly, the major constitutional change that will see state presidents elected by an open parliamentary vote instead of the secret Saeima vote used to choose presidents so far.
Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis will promulgate the bills on publishing files of former Soviet security service KGB and amendments to the Consumer Rights Protection Law that curb costs of instant loans, the President’s Chancellery told the press October 12.
A new coalition of five parties is being discussed at the moment, the LSM Latvian language service reported October 12.
Parties are drawing too many "red-lines" (ruling out cooperation with certain parties) in the first rounds of coalition talks, making progress difficult, National Alliance head Raivis Dzintars told LTV October 12.
On October 11 the Latvian parliament supported the whistleblower protection law to protect people who reveal information in the public interest.
Politicians from the National Alliance and New Conservative Party have similar positions on many issues, and the two parties' complicated relations in the past will not hamper constructive cooperation, the two parties' leaders said after a meeting October 10.
The New Conservative Party (JKP) will not form a coalition with the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS), said JKP leader Jānis Bordāns after a meeting between the two parties on October 10.
The election results have clearly signaled that KPV LV and the New Conservative Party have to assume a leading role in shaping the new Latvian government, but there's only a single vacancy for Prime Minister.
On October 8 the city council of the Jūrmala resort town held an extraordinary meeting in which mayor Gatis Truksnis (Greens and Farmers Union) kept his seat after a no-confidence vote as coalition councilors voted to keep him on his post following media reports that Truksnis has been fined for storing drugs.
About one-tenth of the voters in the 13th Saeima election voted for parties which didn't make it into the parliament. That is twice as much as in the 12th Saeima election.
The distribution of the seats in the 13th Saeima following parliamentary elections October 6 will see a significant increase in the number of female deputies.
Predictions that a very active election campaigning season would result in high voter turnout appear to have proven inaccurate, with turnout actually dropping to the lowest level since the restoration of Latvia's independence in 1991.
Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis said Saturday night that based on the results of exit polls, right-of-center parties including his own Greens and Farmers Alliance (ZZS) should be able to form the next coalition government.
With nearly all the votes accounted for in Latvia's 13th Saeima elections, a clear picture of how the nation voted has emerged. The winner at the polls was the Harmony party on 19%, followed by a cluster of five other parties on 10%-14% with New Unity the only other party to scrape past the 5% threshold required to win seats in Saeima.
The first exit poll released after voting ceased in the 13th Saeima elections on October 6 suggested the largest share of the vote went to the Harmony party (19.4%), with the For Development/For! alliance (13.4%) in second place, the National Alliance (12.6%) in third position and the New Conservative Party (12.4%) in fourth.
On October 6, her 100th birthday, the astronomer, physics researcher and scientist emeritus Ilga Daube went to vote in the 13th Saeima election.
Latvians can vote in the 13th Saeima election, held on October 6, in a total of 121 locations outside Latvia in 45 countries.
How are foreign media writing about today's Saeima elections? Here is a selection.
Latvians are heading to polling stations across the country and beyond October 6 in the 13th Saeima elections.
President Raimonds Vējonis on October 5 urged Latvians to turn out in the largest possible numbers for Saeima elections taking place October 6.
The second day of advance voting in the 13th Saeima elections saw more voters taking the opportunity to cast an early ballot.
Nearly 8,000 people took the chance to vote in Latvia's Saeima elections on October 3, the first day of "early" voting at selected polling stations ahead of the main voting day on October 6.
The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, Re:Baltica, has released a update on the social media monitoring it has been carrying out during Latvia's election campaign season.
Just two days before Latvia goes to the polls in parliamentary elections, Saeima approved a major constitutional change that will alter the way a state president is chosen.
The Greens and Farmers Union will support Raimonds Vējonis for the second presidential term, PM Māris Kučinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) told Latvian Radio October 3.
The Latvian Security Police - Latvia's interior security force - has already received information about possible illegal hindrance of exercising the right to freely elect members of the parliament, the Security Police said October 3.
Early-bird voters can make their ways to selected polling stations in Latvia October 3 ahead of official polling day on October 6.
Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. The sixteenth and final installment concerns the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) of incumbent Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.
October 6 is election day in Latvia. The country's democratic system is every bit as rigorous and complex as those in other countries with hundreds of polling stations opening across the globe, and this will be the 13th time a Saeima has been elected since the country won its independence exactly a century ago. But there are a few unusual and particularly Latvian variations on how 100 deputies are actually chosen for a four-year period. Here's how the whole thing works.