There is no logical explanation for restriction of two terms in office for ombudsman - Jansons

  • 2020-07-31
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - There is no rational or logical explanation for the restriction of two terms in the office for the ombudsman, said Ombudsman Juris Jansons in an interview with commercial TV3 television today.

This is because the parliament in any way is the institution appointing the person to the office, said Jansons.

Commenting on the remark that there are certain positions where there is a restriction of two terms in the office, Jansons said that consistency is then needed. "In fact, then the position of any state official should have the same restrictions," he said.

Asked whether these restrictions might have been initiated because of Jansons' activities, he said that it is possible.

He reminded that at the initiative of the ombudsman, the Constitutional Court this year has already made three decisions that are unfavorable to the parliament - on the guaranteed minimum income level, on the minimum state social security benefit, and the poverty threshold. Four other applications are pending at the Constitutional Court.

As reported, several lawmakers from the New Unity and For Development/For have initiated changes in relation to appointing the ombudsman to the position, including a restriction, allowing a person to take the office for two consecutive terms.