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Health Minister Pavļuts survives no confidence vote
At its sitting on Thursday, September 16, the majority of the Saeima rejected a motion of no confidence submitted by several members of the opposition Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) party in the Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts (Development/For!)
Ban on fur-farming to be discussed
On Thursday, September 16, the Saeima advanced amendments to the Animal Protection Law submitted by several deputies of the Saeima factions, which provide for a ban on fur-farming to be implemented as of 2026.
Make Covid rules simpler, says PM Kariņš
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš through a resolution on September 15 has ordered the Ministry of Health to submit revised and simplified epidemiological safety rules to the government within two weeks.
Ursula von der Leyen: "Let's call it what it is: it is a hybrid attack"
Delivering her annual State of the Union address at the European Parliament on Wednesday, September 15, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered support to the EU member states, including Latvia, that are currently being targeted by the desperate human trafficking of the Lukashenko regime in Belarus.
Government to discuss further Covid restrictions next week
The government will discuss new Covid-19 restrictions next week. The issue is becoming more pressing as the number of people infected and the pressure on hospitals grows, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said at a briefing September 14.
New restrictions coming soon, says Health Minister
The Ministry of Health (VM) will soon offer the government a model of new safety measures in the fight against Covid-19 spread, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said in an interview on Latvian Television September 10.
Baltic, Polish Foreign and Defense Ministers to meet in Rīga
On 13 September 2021, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Ministers of Defense of the Baltic States and Poland will gather for a joint meeting in Rīga to discuss current security policy matters and regional challenges, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced.
First resident ambassador to Australia collects credentials
On 6 September 2021, in an official ceremony in Riga Castle, the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, presented credentials to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Commonwealth of Australia, Marģers Krams.
Maverick MP makes Saeima switch back to distance format
Not for the first time, independent opposition MP Aldis Gobzems was the center of attention in Latvia's parliament September 2 when his refusal to show a valid Covid test certificate - despite apparently having one - forced the Saeima to revert to its e-Saeima distanced format instead of holding a full in-person sitting.
President Levits: "This is not a refugee crisis"
Latvian State President Egils Levits launched the Fall session of the Saeima September 2, using his opening speech to tell deputies what they need to focus on in the final year of this Saeima's term, ahead of elections next October.
Party ratings for August reveal few surprises
There are no big surprises at the top of the party ratings in August, with the most interesting feature being a plethora of parties battling to gain the more than 5% voter support required to win seats in parliament, just over a year before the next Saeima elections.
Two more Afghan citizens evacuated to Latvia
Two more citizens of Afghanistan and their families who had cooperated with the European Union's mission have been evacuated from the country and transported to Latvia, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said on Twitter August 25.

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