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Who will be the next Saeima speaker? Deputies discuss the future Praesidium

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe first meeting of the 13th Saeima. One of the primary objectives is electing the new Saeima Praesidium. Deputies mention that the Praesidium should include representatives from five parties that had received the most support in elections. At the same time, only some members of the Saeima decide to discuss specific candidate prior to the vote. Concerns are also voiced about the new Saeima’s ability to elect a new Praesidium at the first meeting.

BNN managed to get a hold of several politicians and find out their opinions on the composition of the next Saeima.

«We believe the Praesidium should consist of parties that had achieved the best results in elections. The Praesidium should consist of five parties,» said KPV LV member Artuss Kaimiņš. At the same time, he said that KPV LV has not picked a candidate for the speaker’s post. The party explains this with having a prime minister candidate.

«We do expect to get the seat of Saeima speaker’s second assistant. I am that candidate from KPV LV,» said Kaimiņš. He mentioned that the party has decided to support New Conservative Party’s representative Dagmāra Beitnere-Le Galla for the post of Saeima speaker.

He adds: «We will see once ‘old’ parties have made their choice. Right now we are the only ones to have voiced support for NCP’s candidate. Others, as far as I’m aware, have something planned and do not give clear answers».

When asked about the composition of the next Saeima Praesidium, Union of Greens and Farmers member Jānis Dūklavs said: «It should be able to make important decisions. The Praesidium needs to supervise the work done by the Saeima, so that members are able to work and reach agreements on important decisions. Time will tell how well they do.»

Deputy Evija Papule from Harmony says her party has not decided yet. ‘We will wait for offers. Likely Saeima’s Praesidium will represent the numerically largest parties,’ said Papule.

National Alliance member Rihards Kols refers to Saeima’s internal rules – the parliament’s Praesidium should consist of five members. «I also support for Praesidium members to represent five largest parties elected to the Saeima. As for the remaining composition, I would rather not comment, considering how unclear things are. As for the topic of the Saeima speaker – the National Alliance has its own candidate. We know another party has a candidate, too. We will request Ināra Mūrniece to become Saeima’s speaker. This is how we intend to vote.»

Juris Jurašs provided New Conservative Party’s opinion. He said Saeima should be chaired by Dagmāra Beitnere-Le Galla. «Mūrniece may be considered as the Saeima speaker’s first assistant. Other candidates will be decided later.»

Arvils Ašeradens from New Unity stresses that the new Saeima needs a new Praesidium. «I hope a new one will be picked today,» he said.

Daniels Pavļuts from Attīstībai/Par! mentioned the importance of electing a new Praesidium: «Without a Praesidium, we cannot organize the next meeting. This means Saeima is useless».

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