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Olsteins’ wife appointed Saeima Speaker’s legal adviser

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Klavs Olsteins (middle), Solvita Aboltina (left)

On February 1, 2012, the independent Saeima deputy Klavs Olsteins’ wife Laura Osleja was appointed the Saeima Speaker Solvita Aboltina’s adviser on political and legal matters. According to official information, the post provides a monthly salary from 979 to 1 347 lats, reports the portal Pietiek.

In the previous Saeima terms, Laura Osleja was Aboltina’s assistant, while in the 10 th Saeima, she ran the Saeima Speaker’s office. Olsteins family has been seen as close to the top levels of the political party Unity. This can be seen in the fact that Osleja was offered a well-paid job and a helping hand was also lent in promotion of Olsteins’ political career. The fact Olsteins’ wife is returning to a post close to Aboltina shows that the link was not lost even after he quit Unity and later also Zatlers Reform Party (ZRP). All this also restores the behind-the-scenes suspicion of Unity‘s hand in helping ZRP to split up, according to the portal.

The post became vacant back in autumn, when the Saeima Speaker dismissed her political advisor Edgars Jaunups. Jaunups, who is often called the Unity’s cashier, caught the eye of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau in connection with phone calls tapped by law enforcement authorities, when investigating Vladimirs Vaskevics case. Before Vaskevics was accused of bribery, he was the head of the national customs department.

Last summer Olsteins saw better growth opportunities in the ZRP, therefore, he publicly announced that he would put down his parliamentary mandate if Valdis Zatlers was not re-elected. He withdrew from Unity and became one of the ZRP founders. Later, after the extraordinary parliamentary elections, Olsteins failed to get the post of the Interior Minister and split the ZRP, establishing a group of six independent members of the Parliament.

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  1. Reto says:

    Very entertaining!

  2. Nono says:

    Icredible.Even in Honduras or Malawi sutch matters would be considered as unaceptable .God blesss Latvia

  3. Maedhros says:

    It’s not all yet!
    Reliable sources report that soon another Olstein relative will be appointed as the Saeima Windows Opener in Chief, with a slightly lower salary but with the opportunity to seize huge bonus if able to provide a good ventilation, above all in the toilette room.

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