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Baltic Foreign Affairs Committees condemn Iran’s attack on Israel
Baltic Foreign Affairs Committees condemn Iran’s attack on Israel
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu of Estonia Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima of Latvia Rihards Kols and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas of Lithuania Žygimantas Pavilionis have issued a joint statement strongly condemning Iran's recent attacks against Israel and called for the imposition of substantial sanctions against Iran.
Latvia joins protest to Georgia over reintroduction of 'Russian law'
Latvia joins protest to Georgia over reintroduction of 'Russian law'
April 5 saw the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of national parliaments, including the Latvian Saeima, issuing a joint statement in which they call on the parliament of Georgia to withdraw its so-called “Russian Law”. In their opinion, this law undermines Georgia’s hard-won European perspective.
'Next!' – medical politician doubles up on parliamentary duties
'Next!' – medical politician doubles up on parliamentary duties
A doctor's profession is one of the few that members of the Saeima can combine with a political position. In this regard, member of parliament and medical doctor Juris Jakovins (Greens and Farmers Union) has raised the combination of workloads to a new level. 
Baltic parliamentary speakers visiting Canada and USA
Baltic parliamentary speakers visiting Canada and USA
The Speakers of the parliaments of the Baltic States Lauri Hussar, Daiga Mieriņa and Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen are visiting Canada and the United States to discuss the security situation, support to Ukraine and mutual cooperation from January 27 to February 2.
Saeima to discuss Latvia's withdrawal from Ottawa Convention
Saeima to discuss Latvia's withdrawal from Ottawa Convention
A collection of signatures on Latvia's withdrawal from the Ottawa Convention has started. According to the author of the initiative, Latvian society would thus acquire a sense of security that the Latvian border could be mined in case of attack of the aggressor, Latvian Radio reported January 15.
Saeima approves harsher punishments for crimes against state
Saeima approves harsher punishments for crimes against state
Punishments for crimes against the state will be harsher, according to amendments to the Criminal Law adopted by the Saeima on Thursday, December 14, in the third – final – reading, originally submitted by President Edgars Rinkēvičs.
Saeima budget debate pushed back to Friday
Saeima budget debate pushed back to Friday
Fierce debates, loud exclamations, a large dose of sarcasm – such was the order of the day on December 7 during Saeima debates ahead of the main 2024 budget vote.
Istanbul convention ratified by Saeima(update)
Istanbul convention ratified by Saeima(update)
On November 30 Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, supported the draft law intended to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Suppression of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, commonly known as the Istanbul Convention.
Saeima adopts partnership law
Saeima adopts partnership law
On November 9, the Saeima adopted amendments to eight laws envisaging the introduction of a new Partnership institution in Latvia – a new way to legally strengthen relations between two adults, including same-sex couples, and provide social and economic protection for them. Amendments to the laws are expected to come into force on July 1, 2024.
Saeima starts viewing draft budget 2024
Saeima starts viewing draft budget 2024
The Saeima begins to examine the draft budget of 2024 and the bills accompanying it on November 9, submitting them to the Budget Committee for evaluation.
Saeima moves partnership regulation forward
Saeima moves partnership regulation forward
The Saeima on November 2 conceptually supported amendments to several laws envisaging the introduction of a partnership institute in Latvia – this will be a new way to legally strengthen relations between two adults, including same-sex couples, and provide them with certain social and economic protection.
New Saeima Speaker wants to improve parliament–NGO dialogue
New Saeima Speaker wants to improve parliament–NGO dialogue
New Saeima Speaker Daiga Mieriņa (Union of Greens and farmers) wants to improve Parliament's dialogue with non-governmental and public organizations, she said on the Latvian Television broadcast Morning Panorama on September 22.
Saeima speaker vacancy finally filled
Saeima speaker vacancy finally filled
Following a series of votes in Saeima on Wednesday that repeatedly failed to install a new occupant of the Saeima's speaker's chair over several hours – but which did manage to unseat the existing Speaker, Edvards Smiltēns (United List) – the vacancy was finally filled by Daiga Mieriņa of the Greens and Farmers' Union (ZZS). 
Saeima sees stormy debate on switching speakers(update)
Saeima sees stormy debate on switching speakers(update)
Edvards Smiltēns (United List) was voted out as Saeima speaker September 20, with Gunārs Kūtris (Greens and Farmers Union/ZZS) lined up to take over the important duties as part of the new coalition's reallocation of power – but then seeing his candidacy receive a mauling.
Former ministers return to parliament chairs
Former ministers return to parliament chairs
With the approval of the new government, the composition of the 14th Saeima is also changing as of September 20. Several former ministers have returned to work in Parliament, but the mandate of the Saeima deputy was lost by politicians approved for ministerial posts.
Saeima to shuffle the pack in committees and presidium
Saeima to shuffle the pack in committees and presidium
With the approval of the new government, changes can be expected not only at ministries but also in the composition of Saeima committees on different subjects, the Presidium which is responsible for governing the work of the the Saeima (parliament), and in the faces visible in the debating chamber itself.
Saeima moves ahead law giving Russians more time for exams
Saeima moves ahead law giving Russians more time for exams
On Thursday, September 7, the Saeima supported amendments to the Immigration Law in the first reading, which provides for the possibility for Russian citizens living in Latvia to extend the time period for the Latvian language exam for the receipt of a permanent residence permit by two years. This would apply to those Russian citizens who have already tried to pass the test.

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