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Latvia celebrates declaration of independence

  • 2014-08-21
  • From wire reports, RIGA

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It's twenty-three years ago today Latvia passed a constitutional law declaring its independence from the USSR.

The Supreme Council of Latvia passed the law, "acknowledging our responsibility before the nation, the Declaration of May 4, 1990, the results of the popular vote, and the collapse of the constitutional state authority of the USSR on August 19, 1991."

In 1991, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia ruled that Latvia is an independent democratic republic, and the sovereign power of the State of Latvia is vested in the people of Latvia, LETA reports.

The bill was signed by the Supreme Council's Chairman Anatolijs Gorbunovs and Secretary Imants Daudiss.