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LRA calls to lift administrative immunity of Saeima deputies

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Regional Alliance calls to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia in order to lift administrative immunity of Saeima deputies. Amendments initialized by LRA provide for cancelling a regulation of the Constitution that states Saeima deputies cannot be administratively punished without the Saeima’s consent.

«We believe this regulation of the Constitutions should be crossed out as outdated and discriminating toward society. Why is it that Saeima deputies are excluded and given unjustified privileges? These ‘traditional privileges’ should be abolished. We believe every member of society should be held accountable for any violations they commit – without exception. Right now even the application of a fine for speeding is made a spectacle in the parliament. It does not help increase society’s trust in the Saeima in any way,» – says head of Saeima faction of LRA Dainis Gaspuitis.

Currently Section 30 of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia states criminal prosecution may not be commenced and administrative fines may not be levied against members of the Latvian parliament without the consent of the Saeima. LRA believes this section should be abolished from the Constitution as an outdated regulation that does not fit in practice of modern-day European nations. In addition, it only makes work harder for law enforcement authorities.

LRA’s proposed amendments to the Constitution have been submitted to the Saeima Praesidium for future review during the next Saeima meeting.

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