Opposition parties continue to lead the way in March ratings
Opposition parties Saskaņa (Harmony) and the Zaļo un Zemnieku savienība (Greens and Farmers Union, ZZS) continue to register the greatest levels of support among voters, according to the latest polling carried out for LTV by the SKDS pollster.
Latvia extends participation in EU's Ukraine advisory mission
On 7 April 2020, the Latvian Cabinet approved the extension of the posting of four civilian experts – Raimonds Deičmanis, Eva Ikauniece, Raimonds Koptenkovs and Oskars Kastēns – as part of the European Union (EU) Advisory Mission for Civil Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM).
Rīga's temporary administration suspends executive director
Rīgas municipal temporary administrative director Edvīns Balševics suspended the city's executive director Juris Radzevičs (Honor to Serve Riga) due to irresponsible actions during the emergency situation caused by the Covid-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, while executing his duties as executive director and shareholder at municipal companies, according to a Rīga City Council press release on March 31.
Lukashenko's visit to Latvia put on hold
Latvian State President Egils Levits had a telephone call with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko March in which the pair discussed a future visit of the authoritarian leader to Latvia, reported the Latvian presidential press service.
Ministers and MPs get tested for Covid-19
After Saeima parliamentary member Artuss Kaimiņš announced that he had tested positive for the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, the Saeima Press Service announced on March 21 that all MPs and Saeima workers were urged to get tested, and several MPs and ministers have already announced that they've tested negative.
All Saeima deputies to be tested for coronavirus
Jurijs Perevoščikovs, head of the Infectious Disease Risk Analysis and Prevention Department at the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), told members of the press March 21 that all 100 Saeima members will be tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus after MP Artuss Kaimiņš tested positive for the virus.
New economics minister candidate named as Nemiro steps down
Coalition party KPV LV's parliamentary faction and board have decided to nominate Saeima MP and Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee Chair Jānis Vitenbergs for the role of Economics Minister, as the current Minister Ralfs Nemiro steps down, according to the “Panorāma” broadcast and Latvian Radio on March 16.
Baltic Presidents consult each other on COVID-19 response
Latvia's President Egils Levits contacted Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda to discuss the current situation in the Baltic States concerning precautionary measures to limit the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, the presidential press service reported March 16.
Date of Rīga municipal elections could now change
The District Administrative Court has decided to grant an application by the small "Alternative" political party to change the date of the Riga City Council elections set by the Central Election Commission (CVK) to from April 25 to May 2, 2020, reported LTV on March 13.
Saeima passes regional reform bill in second reading
It took five days of heated debate but on March 13 the Saeima finally got through its work agenda dating from March 5 and passed the government's contentious regional administrative reform plans in a second reading.
One week on, Saeima still debating regional reforms
To the outside world today is March 12 but as far as Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, is concerned, it is still March 5 - because one week on, the contentious debate on regional administrative reform is still rumbling on.
Saeima on day three of regional reform debate
Saeima deputies returned to the question of the government's proposed regional administrative reforms March 10 with a third day of debate as they work through more than 300 proposed amendments to the controversial legislation.
Protests against regional reform as Saeima debates matters
Protests took place in Rīga and elsewhere March 5 as municipalities and individuals objected to reforms of regional administration that would see the current network of municipalities given a  major overhaul. Under the proposed new law, the number of municipalities would be reduced from more than 100 to 40.
Poland and Baltics back North Macedonian and Albanian EU bids
From 3 March to 5 March 2020, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, is visiting Albania and North Macedonia together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, and the Undersecretary for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Märt Volmer.