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).
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.
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.
On July 9 and 10 the Speakers of the Parliaments of the Baltic States, Poland and Ukraine will be meeting in Rīga, Latvia, where political and practical assistance to Ukraine, including support on its path to the European Union and NATO, will be discussed ahead of the upcoming NATO Summit in Vilnius later in the week.
On Tuesday, May 30, the State Administration and Local Government Commission of the Saeima conceptually supported amendments to the Law on State Administration, which provide for people employed in the civil service to be "loyal to the Republic of Latvia and its Constitution."
On May 3, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar is on an official visit to Latvia to discuss the cooperation between the two countries, the security of the region and helping Ukraine.
Saeima deputy Glorija Grevcova, who this week was found guilty of lying to the Central Election Commission (CVK) about her past, has left the "For Stability!" party and its Saeima faction, she has announced.
On March 2, the Saeima conceptually supported the amendments tabled by the National Alliance (NA), the United List (AS), New Unity (JV) and members of the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) to the Law on Pre-Election Agitation, which stipulates that pre-election campaigns should be conducted in the official state language, Latvian, LETA reported.
On the initiative of the Baltic states, the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of 19 countries and the European Parliament on January 30 issued a joint statement in which they expressed support to the investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, as well as advocated the establishment of a dedicated international tribunal for prosecuting the crime of aggression committed against Ukraine by Russia’s military invasion and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Preparations for the repair of the Saeima House, Jēkaba Street 11, are ongoing. This year it is planned to develop a reconstruction work project on temporary premises on Smilšu Street, where parliamentarians will work during the reconstruction of the Saeima House, Latvian Radio reported on January 8.