Voters gain ability to dissolve Saeima

  • 2009-04-29
  • TBT Staff
RIGA - Latvian President Valdis Zatlers has signed off on constitutional amendments that will make Latvia the only country in the EU where the electorate can directly dissolve the parliament by popular vote.

The Constitution's Article 14 now states that no less than one-tenth ofvoters can initiate a national referendum on dissolution of theparliament. If a majority of referendum participants, and no less thantwo-thirds of the number of voters who participated at the previousSaeima elections, votes for dissolution, the parliament will be deemeddissolved.

The Constitutional provision that the electors may not recall any individual member of the Saeima remains unchanged.

TheConstitution's Article 49 has also been amended so that extraordinarySaeima elections are called no sooner than one month, and no later thantwo months, after the current Saeima is dissolved.

The amendments will take effect after the 10th Saeima elections.