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RP Chairman: prohibiting ex-presidents to work in politics is illegal

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Valdis Zatlers

Attempts to keep any person, including an ex-president, from participating in politics, contradict the Latvian constitution, believes the leader of Reform Party Valdis Zatlers.

During the review of the changes to the social guarantees to former presidents on the meeting of the Saeima Judicial Commission, there was a proposal to resolve the situation when the figure remains active in politics or works as a judge. This raised the issue regarding the availability of social guarantees to former presidents who choose to remain active, as the information from LETA states.

“This applies to all people [not just ex-presidents] – attempts to influence the desire to work in politics both directly and indirectly is not a trait of a democratic country,” – Zatlers noted. He believes there was already a great deal of pressure aimed at not allowing ex-president Vaira Vike-Freiberga to participate in politics after the end of her term.

On November 6, the Saeima Judicial Commission approved the package of amendments to the Law on Securing President’s Functions. Those amendments provide the change of the amount of social guarantees for ex-presidents.

The draft law submitted to the Saeima by President Andris Berzins provides for the allocation of an apartment to ex-presidents. As a form of compensation, it is planned to increase the pension from 50% to 85% from the regular president’s salary (up to 1 912 LVL). Utilities, cable television and internet are to be paid by the ex-presidents. They will also have the right to refuse the pension.

It should be noted that, compared with neighbouring European countries, salaries of highest ranking officials of Latvia and compensations to ex-presidents do not look too generous.

It is curious that these amendments, as well as regular donations to Latvian schools, will not create a hole in millionaire Berzins’ own budget. According to the data from the SRS, his last year’s income was 360 758 LVL with savings of 1.76 million LVL and 1.01 million LVL more in the form of loans.

The President’s Chancellery paid Berzins a salary of 15 226 LVL last year, in addition to his Saeima deputy salary 9 572 LVL. Furthermore, Berzins received a pension worth 54 995 LVL in 2011. SEB Banka paid him 18 502 LVL in the form of interest money.

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  1. Gunnars says:

    Sutch a shame.When thousands and thousands cannot afford medical care .This country makes me ashamed.

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