Signature campaign to begin in Latvia over controversial amendments to municipal election law

RIGA, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- A signature campaign will start in Latvia in mid-January in a bid to stop controversial amendments to the municipal election law coming into effect, the Baltic country's election authority announced on Friday.

Eligible voters will be able to sign the petition against the disputed amendments from Jan. 16 to Feb. 14, 2020, the Central Election Commission said.

Dissolution of Riga City Council to be delayed as Latvian president suspends bills

RIGA, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- The dissolution of Riga City Council, which has been proposed by the Latvian Regional Development Ministry, is likely to be delayed by several months as President Egils Levits has suspended the draft legislation enabling the process, the president's office said on Monday.

Baltic presidents reaffirm commitment to regional infrastructure projects

RIGA, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- The presidents of the Baltic states -- Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania -- are determined to advance the Rail Baltica railway project and to ensure its completion as scheduled, Latvian President Egils Levits said at a joint news conference with his Baltic counterparts here on Tuesday.

Levits, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda reaffirmed their commitment to the regional rail infrastructure project and voiced their resolve to help the project's managers overcome all difficulties.

PMs of Baltic states vow to step up political oversight of Rail Baltica project

RIGA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The prime ministers of the three Baltic states and Poland met here on Friday to discuss progress on the regional rail infrastructure project Rail Baltica amid concerns about delays in the project's implementation.

At a news conference that followed the talks, the prime ministers of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania pledged to step up political oversight of the strategic project and enhance its overall management.

Latvia's new president assumes office

RIGA, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Egils Levits assumed office as Latvia's new president on Monday, taking the oath of office here in front of the parliament in a ceremony broadcast on public television.

In his first speech as president, Levits told lawmakers that in the following decade, Latvia has to evolve into a modern, sustainable North European country that could serve as a role model to others.

Pro-Russian party, populists top Latvia vote

7 Oct 2018; AFP: The pro-Kremlin Harmony party won Latvia's general election ahead of populists who may help it form a coalition, final results showed Sunday, after a vote tarnished by a hackers' attack on the country's top social network.

Harmony topped Saturday's vote with 19.91 percent of the vote ahead of two populist parties, KPV LV with 14.06 percent and the New Conservative Party with 13.6 percent.

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