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Bergmanis’ place in the Saeima could be taken by Guntis Kalnins

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Monday, 20 July, Saeima Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee supported the submission of the project for the approval of 12 Saeima deputy authorities for Guntis Kalnins.

Changes to the Saeima’s composition are necessary because Raimonds Bergmanis has temporarily put down his mandate, as he has been approved by the Saeima as Latvia’s Defence Minister, as reported by Saeima press-service.

Bergmanis place in the parliament will be taken by Kalnins, a member of the Union of Greens and Farmers.

The Mandate Committee will ask the Saeima Praesidium to include this decision project on the agenda of the nearest meeting of the parliament, as confirmed by Chairperson of the committee Vitaly Orlov.

BNN had previously reported that the Saeima has approved Raimonds Bergmanis in the post of Defence Minister of Latvia. He will replace Raimonds Vejonis in this post after the latter’s election as President of Latvia.

50 deputies voted in favour of Bergmanis, 5 voted against and 7 deputies abstained from the vote.

Prior to his approval as Defence Minister, Bergmanis was a deputy in the 12th Saeima. He was a member of the Saeima Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee and a member of the Citizenship, Migration and Social Cohesion Committee. Bergmanis also represented Latvia in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He also worked in multiple parliamentary groups for intergovernmental cooperation with other parliaments.

As previously reported, several years ago, Bergmanis had breached the law in relation to combining posts. On top of that, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau is currently engaged in an investigation of new potential breaches.

CPCB representative Laura Dusa has said that CPCB had determined in an inspection in 2009 that Bergmanis had combined his post as advisor to Defence Ministry’s state secretary with contract work in Riga Municipal Police, senior officer in Defence Ministry’s military education department, senior trainer in SIA Ķeizarmežs and board member in Latvian Olympians Club without receiving a specific written permission to do so. With that, and the fact he was being paid a salary for those posts, he had breached norms listed in the Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest in Activities of Public Officials.

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