13 Sep 2017 10:39 |Category:  LAT English 1st page news

Government not to fall because of non-citizens' issue – National Alliance

RIGA, Sep 13, BNS - The government will not fall just because some coalition members voiced support to the initiative of Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis that would end the registration of newborns in Latvia as non-citizens which has been criticized by the National Alliance, the party’s co-chairman Gaidis Berzins said in an interview with the Latvian public television on Wednesday.

He said that such arguments within the coalition affects the government’s stability, but is not a reason for its fall.

Berzins said that the situation still can be solved, and it is not the National Alliance’s goal to leave the coalition. He said that the situation within the Unity party itself is destabilizing to the government.

As reported, President Raimonds Vejonis has submitted his legislative initiative that would end the registration of newborns in Latvia as non-citizens to Saeima for adoption.

"Latvia is a democratic and modern European state, and it is necessary to make every effort to keep developing and strengthening the Latvian state. Latvia's education system can prepare and bring up decent, honest and responsible people who are Latvia's patriots and have a strong sense of belonging to Latvia," President Vejonis believes. If the bill passes in the parliament, the new legislation would apply to some 50-80 newborns a year. In 2016, a total of 52 newborn children were registered as non-citizens.

The group of Saeima members who have left Unity party to form the new Movement For, also want to support Vejonis' initiative, although earlier partners in the government coalition agreed to reject the bill because of the objections raised by the National Alliance.

The National Alliance's co-chairman Raivis Dzintars told BNS earlier that such a dissenting vote of some Unity faction members would be regarded as a breach of the coalition agreement.

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