RIGA, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Latvian lawmakers on Thursday approved Juris Stukans as the Baltic country's new prosecutor general.
Stukans was approved by 92 votes in favor, with no votes against or abstention votes.
Earlier, Stukans told the parliament legal affairs committee that his goal is to uphold the rule of law in Latvia, which is why he chose to run for the office of prosecutor general. Stukans said that the existing system can be improved without amending laws but by increasing and amplifying prosecutors' role in criminal investigations.
As a judge, Stukans has worked in several first-instance and appeals courts and has earned a reputation for his willingness to publicly explain court rulings.
The Judicial Council of Latvia chose Stukans from eight candidates running for prosecutor general.
Latvia's outgoing Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers' term in office expires on July 11. Enditem