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Veiko Spolītis decides to take a break from working in Unity

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSaeima deputy Veiko Spolītis, who was previously caught by the police for drunk-driving, has decided to temporarily leave Unity. However, he does not plan to lay down his Saeima deputy mandate.

Spolītis’ actions were assessed and discussed by the management of the party and the faction this Wednesday, December 10th.

«We discussed this very unpleasant case and the end result is that Veiko Spolītis will stop working in the party until he decides whether or not committing this offence still allows him to perform his duties as parliamentary deputy. He will then make his decision,» – said Deputy Chairman of Unity’s faction Kārlis Šadurskis.

According to him, if Spolītis decides to put down his mandate, there will be no reason to consider his possible expulsion from the party. If Spolītis decides to keep his mandate, he will have to leave the party.

Šadurskis did not mention how much time Spolītis has been given to think. He only said it should be «within reasonable time constraints». Šadurskis adds that Spolītis’ committed offence is very serious and goes against what a deputy vows to do when taking post in the Saeima. In addition, if such an offence had been committed after the approval of his mandate, it would have meant a breach if the Saeima deputy oath.

An administrative arrest is at hand for Spolītis, and Šadurskis cannot imagine that a «member of Unity and Saeima deputy would serve time in prison».

Spolītis, on the other hand, does not believe he has let down his voters. Because of this, he plans to continue his work in the Saeima. He does say that he is sorry: «I strongly believe that any politician’s duty is to uphold the promises he gives to his votes. I will continue completing my work, and if I notice that I can no longer uphold my promise, I will put down my mandate,» – said Spolītis.

He plans to support politicians of the coalition and continue his work in Unity’s faction as a deputy who has stopped working in the party.

Spolītis does not plan to stop working in Unity’s Ethics Committee.

As it is known, prior to the approval of his deputy mandate, Spolītis was caught by the police for drunk-driving. His mandate of a Saeima deputy was approved November 5th. He became a parliamentary deputy while Edgars Rinkevics performed his duties as minister.

This is not the first time a member of Unity stops his work in the party following a scandal. Two other Unity members have ceased activities in the party – Dzintars Zaķis and Inga Priede. Zaķis has stopped working in Unity until the end of the investigation into the possible buying of votes in Latgale. Pirede, on the other hand, has ceased her work in the party after criticisms of her homo-phobic statements on Twitter.

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