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Raimonds Graube steps down as commander of Latvian Armed Forces

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURaimonds Graube, commander of Latvia’s National Armed Forces. He said he decided to do so in order to «allow the military chain of command to develop».

Graube said he was the commander of NAF for the longest period. «The military pyramid lies in the specifics of military service and NATO traditions. I made my decision after six years of continued military service. This way the military pyramid will be given a chance to develop,» – Graube said.

He added that he decided to step down after the approval of NAF’s development plan for the next 12 years, the defence budget and the post-crisis plan for state protection. «The time has come to hand down this post to the next commander,» – Graube said.

He also said he will leave his post once a new commander is approved, which should happen next year, when Graube turns 60.

When asked about his plans for the future, Graube told LTV to engage in public activities. However, he said he will definitely not join any political parties. «More than a categorical no in this regard,» – Graube said after being asked if his name could appear on a list of candidates at the next municipal elections.

On Tuesday, 25 October, the National Security Council took into account Graube’s request to President Raimonds Vejonis to relieve him from his post before the end of his term. Graube’s term as commander of NAF ends 2018.

Graube has served as commander of NAF from 1999 to 2003 and 2010 to 2014, when he was approved by the Saeima for a second term.

His previous posts include the Defence Ministry, where he worked as NAF military representative in NATO. Graube began his military service in 1991 as deputy commander of the National Guard’s security battalion.

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