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Sunday, 19.05.2013, 10:57
Ex-presidents' social guarantees may be limited in Latvia
57 MPs voted for the amendments – ruling coalition members, including ex-President Valdis Zatlers (Reform Party) as well as several Union of Greens and Farmers members. No MPs voted against or abstained, however, most Harmony Center MPs did not vote, writes LETA.
The bill, which was submitted by President Andris Berzins, proposes that ex-presidents be not provided with apartments maintained and paid for by the state. Instead, ex-presidents' monthly pension will be increased from the current 50% of president's monthly salary to 85%.
The bill also specifies the procedure of buying or renting automobiles for ex-presidents.
The new provisions will not concern the current ex-presidents, except if a new car is to be bought or rented for an ex-president.