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Baiba Braže named as candidate for Foreign Minister(update)
Baiba Braže named as candidate for Foreign Minister(update)
The New Unity political force has nominated diplomat Baiba Braže for the post of Foreign Minister, which is vacant after the resignation of Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister Evika Siliņa (New Unity) announced in a briefing on Monday, April 15.
Recovery of wasted funds to be considered in 'Air Kariņš' case
Recovery of wasted funds to be considered in 'Air Kariņš' case
Last week, a lengthy audit of former Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš' use of special flights during his time as PM was published. The auditor concluded that hundreds of thousands of euros were both unlawfully and uneconomically used. The possibility to get the money back will be assessed in criminal proceedings, Latvian Television's De Facto reported April 14.
MEP Ždanoka gets penalty from European Parliament
MEP Ždanoka gets penalty from European Parliament
On Wednesday, April 10, the European Parliament (EP) sanctioned MP Tatjana Ždanoka of the Latvian Russian Union party for violating the European Parliament's code of conduct, Latvian Radio and Latvian Television reported.
Full audit of former PM Kariņš' private flights published(update)
Full audit of former PM Kariņš' private flights published(update)
In an audit of the special flights of former Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity), the State Audit Office has concluded that at least 221,566 euros were unlawfully spent from the state budget, while at least 323,688 euros from the European Union (EU) Council funds were used uneconomically, the Audit Office (Valsts kontrole, VK) said on Wednesday.
MEPs Ušakovs, Ameriks unlikely to lose immunity: LTV
MEPs Ušakovs, Ameriks unlikely to lose immunity: LTV
The European Parliament (EP) Committee on Legal Affairs has recommended not lifting the parliamentary immunity of MEPs Nils Ušakovs (Harmony) and Andris Ameriks (Honor to Serve Riga), but the EP vote is still pending, Latvian Television's correspondent in Brussels Ilze Nagla reports.
Former Rēzekne Mayor to be prosecuted for information disclosure
Former Rēzekne Mayor to be prosecuted for information disclosure
The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has referred a case to the prosecutor's office in which it obtained evidence that the former Rēzekne Mayor, Aleksandrs Bartaševičs, disclosed restricted information to a family member and failed declare a large loan, KNAB said in a press release April 5.
LTV: Reshuffle possible in Latvian government
LTV: Reshuffle possible in Latvian government
The current Minister of Justice Inese Lībiņa-Egnere (New Unity) could be nominated for the post of the vacant Foreign Minister, according to unofficial information available to Latvian Television (LTV).
Court declares Rīga's ban on gambling unconstitutional
Court declares Rīga's ban on gambling unconstitutional
The Constitutional Court said on April 4 that it had deemed the restriction on the organization of gambling throughout Rīga unconstitutional, as the municipality has not justified why gambling is prohibited in the specific areas.
Scandal-hit Jelgava municipality mayor steps down
Scandal-hit Jelgava municipality mayor steps down
Jelgava Municipality Council Chairman Madars Lasmanis has announced his resignation as mayor, Lasmanis said in a release to the media on April 3. Lasmanis makes the move a week and a half after an ambiguous video of the council leader was leaked to the public.
PM Siliņa: No specific Foreign Minister candidate yet
PM Siliņa: No specific Foreign Minister candidate yet
The New Unity political force does not yet have one specific candidate for the post of Foreign Minister, Prime Minister Evika Siliņa said in an interview on Latvian Television's “Morning Panorama” on April 3.
Rēzekne city council could be dismissed this month
Rēzekne city council could be dismissed this month
The government could decide on the dismissal of Rēzekne City Council this month, Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development Inga Bērziņa (New Unity) said on Tuesday, April 2.
Mayor caught up in indecency scandal could face dismissal
Mayor caught up in indecency scandal could face dismissal
Several deputies were ready to vote on the suspension of the Jelgava Regional Council chairman on Wednesday, March 27, and submitted a motion to the Council to add the issue of the suspension of Mayor Madars Lasmanis to the agenda of Wednesday's meeting. Other Members disagreed and rejected the proposal. 
Tax service checks math of Daugavpils mayor's lifestyle and income
Tax service checks math of Daugavpils mayor's lifestyle and income
Although the State Revenue Service (VID) has already announced that there was nothing wrong with the income declaration of Daugavpils Mayor Andrejs Elksniņš, the Service continues to verify the conformity of the income of Elksniņš as a natural person with his lifestyle, VID Head Baiba Šmite-Roķe said in an interview Latvian Television on March 26.
Jelgava municipality mayor caught up in public indecency scandal
Jelgava municipality mayor caught up in public indecency scandal
Questions about ethics have been raised by a recording posted on social media from a meeting of the Budget Commission of the Jelgava Regional Council, which was joined remotely by the chairman of the council, Madars Lasmanis. The video shows Lasmanis in a car rather obviously touching a woman in the backseat. Lasmanis denies all allegations of public indecency, Latvian Television reported on March 21.
Municipal leaders will be subject to more security checks
Municipal leaders will be subject to more security checks
Local government officials will need a special permit for access to state secrets, the Saeima decided on Thursday, March 21, endorsing in the final reading amendments to the law proposed by the President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs.
Russian presidential 'election' shows 2% turnout in Latvia
Russian presidential 'election' shows 2% turnout in Latvia
Voters in the so-called Russian presidential "elections" gathered outside the Russian Embassy in Riga on Sunday, March 17. Several protests were also held there. Law enforcement officers monitored the situation and several people were detained, Latvian Radio and Latvian Television reported.

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