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Latvian Education Minister will not resign

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Education and Science Minister Marite Seile has decided not to resign from her post, as confirmed by Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma after their meeting.

Seile had previously said she would take responsibility for the situation that took place during the XI Latvian Youth Song and Dance Celebration earlier last week. She said she cannot ignore opinions that have been circulating in the public space, that «people had joined each other during the cancelled procession as they did during the national front in spite of politicians’ foolish decisions». It is all serious. I also receive opposite opinions and support,» – said the minister.

Speaking of who should take responsibility for what happened during the general rehearsal of the final concert, Seile noted that responsibility has multiple layers, adding that it is immediately necessary to assess all factors behind the event’s organization. A special commission has been formed specifically for this purpose. Seile adds: «We cannot blame children for eating potato chips and drinking lemonade. We need to accept reality».

Seile explained that the decision to cancel the procession came on the night after the general rehearsal. «It was not an everyday situation for me. The number of children who were unable to move on their own was extreme,» – said the minister.

Seile told journalists that she takes «full responsibility for flaws in the planning of the event, which led to the critical situation that ruined the celebration for many people».

The minister explains that taking political responsibility in her mind has a couple of different definitions – one is resignations, and the other – doing everything it takes to make sure similar situations do not repeat. She says she is prepared to do all it takes to prevent similar situations in the future.

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