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Dombrava compares Saeima to a voting machine

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The newly elected Saeima member Jānis Dombrava says he is extremely and unpleasantly surprised at what he is experiencing in the Saeima. The Parliament should be a place for democratic discussions, instead our Saeima is like a voting machine, he told the newspaper Latvijas Avīze.

Dombrava stresses many Saeima members do not even follow the issues on the agenda, instead simply complying with the instructions of the head of the fraction, namely, by raising the same colour card as he has. We hear only speeches well prepared in advance from parliamentary tribune and «drama rehearsals» for the debates. The real discussions and decisions take place behind the scenes.

In the first Saeima session I was sitting next to two the political association Unity (Vienotība) members and I was deeply shocked at their conversation. I will not name them, but what I can say is that one of them is a minister now. A politician was complaining about Latvians dying out and that the demographical situation should be improved. The answer of the other was, «Yes, but not in the following years, as it would be an additional burden to the budget. We will promote the birth rate after five years, when the crisis is over,» retells Dombrava.

He underlines many Saeima members do not even understand what they are voting for. To give an example, once I was sitting next to mister Lieģis, when we were voting on the reduced VAT rate for original literature. I saw him looking at what kind of colour their fraction head will show; the red, yellow or the green one. He raised the yellow one, thus mister Lieģis abstained from voting as well. When I asked him why he voted like that, he answered, «What was the voting for?» I started to explain the bill, stating it is really in the interests of Latvians. The next voting was on keeping the reduced VAT rate to press, which would not affect the state budget considerably. Mister Lieģis announced it was a very good and useful proposal. After that he looked at the fraction head once again and abstained from voting. That is the reality.


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