Posts published in Day: October 8, 2018

Opinion digest: Media comments on Sunday’s Saeima election in Latvia

Monday, October 8, 2018

Seven parties made it into the Saeima in Latvia’s parliamentary election on Sunday, with Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs’ Saskaņa/Harmony scoring the biggest number of votes at still just 19%. This means that the largest group in the Saeima will only have 23 mandates, with a broad coalition to be negotiated. Saskaņa is followed by the New Conservative Party with 16 seats, KPV LV with 16 seats, the National Alliance with…

Latvian Police commenced 17 administrative cases for breach of pre-election promotion

Monday, October 8, 2018

State Police commenced seventeen administrative cases on 6 October for violation of pre-election promotion requirements, as confirmed by State Police representative Simona Grāvīte. She says State Police has received a total of 47 calls that day. In most cases, information regarding violations was unconfirmed. One criminal process was launched for hooliganism. Security Police had received approximately 70 reports regarding possible influencing of votes by Sunday, 7 October, as confirmed by…

Record number of women elected in 13th Saeima

Monday, October 8, 2018

A record number of women have been elected in the 13th Saeima, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. 31 women and 69 men will be working in the next Saeima for the next four years. This is an unprecedented number of women in Saeima’s history. The largest number of women previously elected in the Saeima was during 12th Saeima, when 21 women were elected. The smallest…

Harmony, KPV LV, New Conservative Party win 13th Saeima elections

Monday, October 8, 2018

Harmony party, KPV LV, and the New Conservative Party earned the highest number of votes cast in Latvia’s parliamentary elections after counting all votes from the polling stations located in Latvia, according to information available on the Central Election Commission’s website. Harmony won the election with 19.91% of votes. KPV LV followed with 14.06% and the New Conservative Party with 13.6% voter support. For Development/For! earned 12.04% and the National…

Estonia: 2 barracks built at Tapa military campus cost EUR 9 mln

Monday, October 8, 2018

Two barracks built at the Tapa military campus in northeastern Estonia cost approximately 9 mln euros, the first is being used by units of the 1st Infantry Brigade and the other will soon be inhabited by allies. The Center for Defense Investment this week handed over to the 1st Infantry Brigade two new barracks built according to the standard project of the defense forces at the Tapa campus, the center…

Cyber attack on draugiem.lv not a threat to national security – Cert.lv

Monday, October 8, 2018

According to the Latvian Information Technology Security Incident Response Institution (Cert.lv), yesterday’s cyber-attack on the popular Latvian social-networking website draugiem.lv was not a threat to national security nor the election process. Furthermore, no personal information was obtained by the hackers. As reported, the popular Latvian social networking web-site draugiem.lv was hacked on Saturday, LETA observed. After the hack, when entering the web-site, visitors were ”greeted” with the Russian flag and…

Around 200 naval personnel to participate in joint exercise of Estonia, Finland

Monday, October 8, 2018

Approximately 200 naval personnel will participate in the mine countermeasures stage of the joint Estonian-Finnish naval drill Baltic Shield, which is to start this week. The mine countermeasures stage of the joint naval drill Baltic Shield will start in the Estonian territorial waters on Monday next week, during which WWI and WWII explosives located at the bottom of the sea will be searched for and rendered harmless, a press officer…

Weather will gradually become sunnier and warmer in Latvia this week

Monday, October 8, 2018

Weather will remain cloudy and windy in Latvia, especially along the coast, this week. However, from the middle of the week onward it will gradually become warmer – the sky will clear and air temperature will rise, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. For the first time in this autumn season air temperature dropped below 0° C at night. Warmer masses of air were carried to Latvia…

Baltics keen to test self-driving cars on Via Baltica

Monday, October 8, 2018

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania intend to cooperate to equip the Via Baltica highway with a 5G network to develop novel transport systems and test self-drivig cars, among other things. The three countries signed a memorandum on Sept. 28 by which they agreed to seek for a gradual deployment of 4G+ , 4G++ and finally 5G network along the section of the Via Baltica Tallinn-Riga-Kaunas-Lithuanian/Polish border to improve interoperable driving for…

Romania referendum against gay marriage ends with insufficient turnout

Monday, October 8, 2018

Romania has held a referendum on the definition of marriage in the country’s constitution to exclude the possibility of homosexual marriage, but a low voter turnout means that the definition would stay unchanged. A referendum aimed at putting same-sex marriage further out of reach in Romania was invalidated Sunday after a quick tally showed too few voters cast ballots, election officials said. American news agency AP reported that the referendum…