Bells ring out in Rīga in support of France and Notre Dame
Riga's Dom Cathedral joined other churches around Europe April 16 in ringing its bells to express solidarity with the people of Paris after a catastrophic fire caused extensive damage to the famous cathedral of Notre Dame in the French capital.
Coalition lines up behind Levits
The parties in Latvia's ruling coalition declared their support April 15 for the candidacy of Egils Levits to become Latvia's next state president, making it increasingly likely he will be elected to the post later this year, reported LSM's Latvian language service.
PM eases past Saeima confidence vote
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš on April 11 survived an opportunistic and optimistic vote of no confidence in his administration called by the man who flunked his own chance to become premier shortly before Kariņš took the job.
Huge payouts traced to Rīga transport "consultants"
An audit of the affairs of scandal-mired municipal company Rīgas satiksme (RS, Rīga transport) has revealed an astonishing number of large payouts to "consultants" on a range of matters. Coincidentally, many of these consultants also happen to have close ties to the ruling Harmony/Honor To Serve Rīga alliance that holds the majority of seats on the city council.
2019 budget approved at last
Members of the Saeima finally passed Latvia's 2019 budget on April 3, with the first quarter of the financial year already gone by.
New Unity casts doubt on tender for LTV board
The law has been broken in the tender for the board of the Latvian public television (LTV) organized by the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), said New Unity leader Arvils Aseradens after meeting NEPLP head Dace Kezbere.
Saeima committee urges ministry to get tough with Rīga city council
Saeima Public Expenditure and Audit Committee members on March 26 sharply criticized the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry for not being more active to change the situation at Riga municipal public transport company Rigas Satiksme, while the company's senior staff who attended the meeting were criticized for being too arrogant when answering the Saeima committee members' questions.