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Saeima
Type
Type unicameral
Leadership
Speaker Gundars Daudze, Union of Greens and Farmers
since 2007
Structure
Members 100
Meeting place
Saeima.JPG
Riga
Website
http://www.saeima.lv
Latvia

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Saeima 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 held once every four years, on the first Saturday of October. The most recent elections were held in October 2006.

The current Speaker of the Saeima is Gundars Daudze (Union of Greens and Farmers) since 2007.[1][2]

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, and no president of Latvia has ever attempted to dismiss the Saeima.

e • d  Summary of the 7 October 2006 Latvian Saeima election results
Parties and coalitions Votes % Seats Change
People's Party (Tautas partija) 177, 481 19.56 23 +3
Union of Greens and Farmers (Zaļo un Zemnieku Savienība) 151, 595 16.71 18 +6
New Era Party (Jaunais Laiks) 148, 602 16.38 18 -8
Harmony Centre (Saskaņas centrs) 130, 887 14.42 17 +17
Coalition of Latvia's First Party (Latvijas Pirmā Partija) and Latvian Way (Latvijas Ceļš)
77, 869 8.58 10 +/-0
For Fatherland and Freedom (Tēvzemei un Brīvībai/LNNK) 62, 989 6.94 8 +1
For Human Rights in United Latvia (Par Cilvēka Tiesībām Vienotā Latvijā) 54, 684 6.03 6 -19
Latvian Social Democratic Labour Party (Latvijas Sociāldemokrātiskā Strādnieku Partija) 31, 728 3.5 0
Motherland (Dzimtene) 18, 860 2.08 0
All For Latvia! (Visu Latvijai!) 13, 469 1.48 0
New Democrats (Jaunie Demokrāti) 11, 505 1.27 0
Total 901,173 100.0 100

See also

References

  1. ^ "Latvijas Republikas Saeimas priekšsēdētājs" (in Latvian). Latvijas Republikas Saeima. http://www.saeima.lv/pages/Emsis/main.jsp. Retrieved 2007-07-30.  
  2. ^ "Presidium of the Saeima". Latvijas Republikas Saeima. http://www.saeima.lv/deputati_eng/1deputati_prezidijs.html. Retrieved 2007-07-30.  

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