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Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Monday, April 8, 2013

Latvian law to get rid of politicians

In Latvia a new law has been proposed that would oblige local government representatives to resign if they come under legal investigation. The proposed legislation is just a ruse by Edmunds Sprūdžs, Latvian Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development and initiator of the law, to bring down the Mayor of Ventspils, Aivars Lembergs, writes the daily newspaper Neatkarīgā, which is co-owned by Lembergs: "Sprūdžs' party has nothing to lose, but its senior coalition party, the Vienotība party, does. Before supporting this ridiculous law the latter should bear in mind that laws which target specific persons have a tendency to backfire. … Once the party is no longer in power and has lost its control over the [anti-corruption authority] Knab and [news service] Sab, its members may well end up in the dock themselves. Vienotība should scrutinise the minister's proposal very carefully. ... These proposals are not worthy of being discussed in parliament. All they're fit for is basketball training - to see who will get them in the wastepaper basket first."

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