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Record number of women elected in 13th Saeima

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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 representation of women was in the 6th Saeima, when there were only 8 female deputies.
 

The average age of deputies elected to the 13th Saeima is 47.3 years. The youngest deputy is 26 years old, whereas the oldest is 77.
 

31% of deputies are aged 41 to 50, 23% are aged 51 to 60, 21% are aged 31 to 40, 11% are aged 61 to 70, and 5% are aged 21 to 30.
 

96% have higher education and 4% have secondary education. 52% are married, 5% are single, and 2% are divorced.
 

72% of elected deputies have Latvian nationality, 6% are Russian, and 21% of deputies have not revealed their nationality. 13th Saeima also have one US and one Canadian citizen elected as deputies.
 

46% of elected deputies are from Riga, six are from Jurmala, another six are from Rezekne, and three are from Jekabpils, Ventspil, and Daugavpils. In total, 13th Saeima gathers deputies from 33 of Latvia’s largest cities and counties.
 

As previously reported, the Central Election Commission has finished compiling preliminary election results, making an estimate of the composition of the next Saeima.
 

Concord has been declared the victor in 13th Saeima elections. The party will get 23 seats in the parliament. Concord’s team in the Saeima will include economist Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, Riga City Council deputy Regīna Ločmele-Luņova, former deputy chief of the State Revenue Service’s Finance Police Ļubova Švecova, publicist Nikolajs Kabanovs, as well as 12th Saeima deputies Andrejs Klementjevs, Jānis Urbanovičs, Jūlija Stepaņenko, Boriss Cilevičs, Ivans Klementjevs, Igors Pimenovs and Artūrs Rubiks.
 

KPV LV party will get 16 seats in the 13th Saeima. Among the members of the party that will get seats in the 13th Saeima are KPV LV leader Artuss Kaimiņš, prime minister candidate and attorney Aldis Gobzems, Latvian Fish Industry Union president and former host of Riga TV 24 Didzis Šmits, Latvian National Theatre actor Ivars Puga and SIA Jumburgs board member Iveta Benhena-Bēkena.
 

New Conservative party will also get 16 seats in 13th Saeima. The party will be represented in the Saeima by Riga City Council deputy Juta Strīķe, the former administrator of Latvian Economy and Finance Supervisory Office of European Commission’s Economy and Finance Affairs Directorate Gatis Eglītis, Riga International Airport council member and transport sector expert Tālis Linkaits, Riga City Council deputy Linda Ozola and SIA Your move executive director Reinis Znotiņš. Other Saeima deputies from KPV LV include Latgale Culture Association manager Ilga Šuplinska and State Revenue Service’s senior investigator Juris Rancāns.
 

According to the latest data from CEC, Attīstībai/Par political party will get 13 seats in the 13th Saeima. The party’s members in the Saeima include ex-Economy Minister Daniels Pavļuts, businessman Mārtiņš Staķis, World Wildlife Fund board member Vita Anda Tērauda, US Development  programme in Ukraine advisor for counter-corruption measures Inese Voika and SIA RHC Consulting director Marija Golubeva, European Parliament member Artis Pabriks, cardiologist Andris Skride, SIA ACT finance director Inese Ikstena and writer Dace Rukšāne-Ščipčinska.
 

National Alliance ‘All for Latvia!’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ will get 13 seats in the Saeima. Members of the party that will represent the party in the parliament include Culture Minister Dace Melbārde, Saeima deputies Rihards Kols, Ritvars Jansons and Aleksandrs Kiršteins. Other deputies include the party’s chairman Raivis Dzintars, Saeima speaker Ināra Mūrniece, deputy Jānis Dombrava and chairman of Saeima’s Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee Romāns Naudiņš.
 

The Union of Greens and Farmers will get 11 seats in the 13th Saeima. The party will be represented by Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola and Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša, prime minister Māris Kučinskis, defence minister Raimonds Bergmanis, as well as the prime minister’s parliamentary secretary Armands Krauze.
 

New Unity will get 8 seats in the 13th Saeima. The party will be represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Saeima deputies Ojārs Ēriks Kalniņš and Andrejs Judins, as well as Inese Lībiņa-Egnere and Ainars Latkovskis from Vidzeme, Aldis Adamovičs from Latgale, Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens from Kurzeme and Welfare Minister Jānis Reirs from Zemgale.

BNN/LETA

08-10-2018
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