President Vejonis dissatisfied with slow Saeima

In an interview to LNT commercial TV channel on Friday, Vejonis said that many of the lawmakers elected to the 13th Saeima are politically inexperienced but that they should be able to quickly learn the skills necessary for parliamentary work.

“I believe that once we have elected these parliamentarians we have to demand that our representatives learn the skills necessary in parliament faster, so that they can work properly, otherwise we will be faltering, and this will do no good to our country and will hamper our development,” Vejonis said, stressing that Saeima has a lot of important decisions to pass very soon and that these decisions must not be delayed.

Asked to comment on public criticism over some of the MPs Saeima committees have elected as their chairpersons, the president said that these worries are belated now that the parliament elections are over. “We have cast or votes and made our choices… So, in my opinion, it too late now to express indignation over this or that person taking a position,” the president said.

At the same time, Vejonis noted that some committee chairpersons’ involvement in criminal cases or court action “might not suggest of the best approaches to solving things”.

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