Latvian Television's De Facto investigative show reported March 12 on the requirements of Latvia's recently-introduced 'lobbying law'. It is supposed to improve transparency in political lobbying of parliament, but according to De Facto, there is widespread ignorance and confusion about the law, even among those who are supposed to monitor it.
Internal Affairs Minister Māris Kučinskis (United List) will propose the Saeima to soften the conditions for Russian citizens' residence in Latvia and to withdraw from the September 1 deadline, until which holders of residence permits are required to certify Latvian knowledge in order to preserve the right to live in Latvia, TV3 and LETA reported on February 9.
Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš gave an entertaining and provocative launch to the Latvian Capital Market Forum in Rīga February 8 with candid remarks that included the highly quotable line: "Politics is one of the fields in which cheating is actually good."
The building of the LNG terminal in Skulte could be taken up by the State itself if the private investor's conditions are unacceptable, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Television on February 8.
Kristīne Saulīte, the former chairperson of the World Association of Free Latvians, was confirmed as the new chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CVK) in a Saeima vote on Thursday, February 2. She was the only candidate put forward for the role.
The Transport Minister Jānis Vitenbergs (National Alliance) has given an order to subordinate authorities and capital companies of the Ministry of Transport, which operate only in the internal market of Latvia, to review their home pages and to remove the contents from them in Russian, the Ministry said on January 31.
Daugavpils Mayor Andrejs Elksniņš has decided to withdraw from the social democratic party Harmony and start a new regional political party, Elksniņš announced in a statement to the media and on his profile on Facebook on January 26. LETA reported later that not only Elksniņš but all Daugavpils councillors in the faction have decided to leave.