Latvijas Republikas Saeima, Riga

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The Saeima (Latvian pronunciation: [ˈsa.ɛi.ma]) is the parliament of the Republic of Latvia. It is a unicameral parliament consisting of 100 members who are elected by proportional representation, with seats allocated to political parties which gain at least 5% of the popular vote. Elections are scheduled to be held once every four years, normally on the first Saturday of October. The most recent elections were held in October 2018.


The President of Latvia can dismiss the Saeima and request early elections. The procedure for dismissing it involves substantial political risk to the president, including a risk of loss of office. On May 28, 2011, president Valdis Zatlers decided to initiate the dissolution of the Saeima, which was approved in a referendum, and the Saeima was dissolved on 23 July 2011.
The current Speaker of the Saeima is Ināra Mūrniece.


Deputies are elected to represent one of five constituencies: Kurzeme (13 deputies), Latgale (15), Riga (30), Vidzeme (27), and Zemgale (15). Seats are distributed in each constituency by open list proportional representation among the parties that overcome a 5% national election threshold using an unmodified version of the Webster/Sainte-Laguë method.
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  • The building is not very impressive but well worth a stop to ponder its history having housed the Nobility, the Nazis, the Soviets and now the democratically elected.Parliament.  more »
  • On our walking tour, this interesting building was pointed out - The Latvian Parliament Building which also houses the Courts. The front of the building was extended outwards and the stonework was...  more »
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