Latvian ombudsman wants his neutrality enshrined in constitution

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-03 02:44:31|Editor: huaxia
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RIGA, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Latvian Ombudsman Juris Jansons has suggested enshrining the political neutrality of his office in the Baltic country's constitution, his representative informed.

The ombudsman came up with this proposal during a meeting with Latvian President Egils Levits on Wednesday.

Although Latvia's current legislation already stipulates the ombudsman's neutrality, Jansons argued that if the principle is written in the constitution, the ombudsman would be more resilient to various political influences during times of uncertainty like the economic crisis that struck Latvia a decade ago.

"When the economic crisis broke in Latvia, some politicians even suggested abolishing the institution of ombudsman," Jansons' representative Ruta Silina said.

She added that Levits expressed support for the ombudsman's initiative. Enditem