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  • Dec 26, 2011
  • 01:25 PM

Saeima stops bill to make Russian official; issue heads to referendum

Andris Straumanis / Latvians Online
As expected, the Saeima has rejected a bill that would amend Latvia’s constitution to make Russian an official state language. The Dec. 22 vote was a formality, because regardless of the parliament’s decision the issue must now be put to a national referendum. One of the paragraphs the bill would change establishes Latvian as the state language, and that constitutional provision may only be amended through a referendum.

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