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Parliament Building - Riga, Latvia
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N 56° 57.062 E 024° 06.285
35V E 323919 N 6315665
Quick Description: The Parliament of Latvia is located in the historic House of the Livonian Noble Corporation building in Riga, Latvia.
Location: Latvia
Date Posted: 7/2/2017 5:30:57 PM
Waymark Code: WMW2RT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
"The House of the Livonian Noble Corporation (Latvian: Vidzemes brunniecibas nams) is a historical building in Riga, Latvia, constructed to house the Landtag of the Livonian Noble Corporation in the Governorate of Livonia. It was opened in 1867 and housed the Landtag until Latvian independence in 1919, and was subsequently damaged by fire in 1921. Today it is home to the Saeima, the parliament of Latvia. It is located in UNESCO listed Old Riga, directly opposite St. James's Cathedral."

--Wikipedia (visit link)

"The Saeima is the parliament of the Republic of Latvia. It is a unicameral parliament consisting of 100 members who are elected by proportional representation, with seats allocated to political parties which gain at least 5% of the popular vote. Elections are scheduled to be held once every four years, normally on the first Saturday of October. The most recent elections were held in October 2014.

The President of Latvia can dismiss the Saeima and request early elections. The procedure for dismissing it involves substantial political risk to the president, including a risk of loss of office. On May 28, 2011, president Valdis Zatlers decided to initiate the dissolution of the Saeima, which was approved in a referendum, and the Saeima was dissolved on 23 July 2011.

The current Speaker of the Saeima is Inara Murniece.

Deputies are elected to represent one of five constituencies: Kurzeme (13 deputies), Latgale (15), Riga (30), Vidzeme (27), and Zemgale (15). Seats are distributed in each constituency by open list proportional representation among the parties that overcome a 5% national election threshold using an unmodified version of the Sainte-Laguë method."

--Wikipedia (visit link)
Type of Capitol: National

Jēkaba 11
Centra rajons
Riga, Latvia

Dates of Construction: 1867

Major Renovations: Renovated in 1922

Hours: Guided tours of the main Saeima building are arranged for groups of visitors.

Capitol Web Site: [Web Link]

Historical Monuments/Memorials: Not listed

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