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VUC rector: my dismissal is a political decision that breaches the law

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUVentspils University College rector Gita Revalde still believes that her dismissal was a political decision that breached the law.

As Revalde said at a recent press-conference, the first signs of ‘something being wrong at the college’ had first appeared in December 2015. Aivars Lembergs had announced then that the rector of the college should be replaced.

She was told verbally that all activities are ‘settled’ by Lembergs. «In spite of my objections in regards to legitimacy, the meeting of the Constitutional Council of the college did take place. However, it was not planned to discuss the rector’s dismissal during that meeting,» – said Revalde. She left the meeting at some point because she protested against its order and progress. Revelde did not know about the fact that the matter of her dismissal was on the agenda.

«Representatives of the city council reported false information about me in the public space in regards to the situation at the college,» – said Revalde. She emphasized that she has turned to multiple institutions to find out if her dismissal was legal. She was told by authorities that the procedure was not legal.

Revalde has also turned to Education and Science Ministry and the Saeima. She has yet to receive a reply from those institutions, however. «It was a political decision that breaches the law,» – said Revalde, adding that a smear campaign is currently being used against her. «Enormous political pressure is being put on me,» – Revalde concluded.

«Education and Science Ministry has not provided a reply to the question as to whether or not there was political involvement from Ventspils City Council. The ministry pretends not to notice many violations,» – said Ventspils University College representative Edvards Ratnieks.

Revalde hopes the government will not make ‘this political decision’. To dismiss a rector, there have to be very specific violations of regulations. This is confirmed by Justice Ministry and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

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