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30.10.2012   MEP Zdanoka's speech on matters of political importance (24 October 2011 - Strasbourg)

Tatjana Ždanoka (Verts/ALE ). – Mr President, precisely 20 years have passed since the Supreme Council of Latvia adopted the resolution under which only those residents who had been Latvian citizens in 1940 and their descendents were recognised as having citizenship of Latvia. One third of the population was thus deprived of all political rights. This was a unique case in parliamentary history: a parliament depriving an essential part of its own electorate of citizenship and thus, of voting rights.

I want to ask this question: is the situation fair in which any EU national coming to Latvia has the right to vote in local and European elections there, whereas a substantial proportion of the country’s native population and people who have lived in Latvia for decades are deprived of that right?

I regret that support was not forthcoming for the proposal by the Greens and Socialists to include on the agenda of this October session an oral question with a resolution on voting rights for non-citizens of Latvia in local elections. I hope that this issue will be debated in the near future.


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